The teaching of literacy skills is generally thought to occur during the early years of a child's education, with the expectation that by the 4th grade every child will know how to read. However, more and more middle and high school content area teachers seem to be complaining that "my students just aren't getting it." They feel that when they give their students a reading assignment, the students either don't bother reading it or they don't seem to comprehend what they have read. Often, content area teachers become frustrated with this outcome and place the blame on lack of reading skills.Although this link may seem obvious––a lack of reading skills equals poor comprehension––more often than not the culprit is not that the students can't read, but rather that they are having a difficult time understanding the ideas being presented to them in the required reading assignment.Many content area teachers balk at the idea of having to teach "reading" to their students, especially when their class curriculum is already so full. Still, several simple strategies that assist students in comprehending subject matter can be easily implemented into any lesson plan. These strategies not only help students connect with the ideas being presented to them in the text, but also give them a purpose for reading. The skills they learn through these strategies will be invaluable not only in school, but later in life as well.This six module course will help participants understand why it's important for every teacher to become involved in teaching his or her students how to read, write, and comprehend the subject matter being presented to them and provide teaching strategies in the content areas. In this course, you will discuss the rationale for building literacy skills and learn several strategies relevant to different content areas.