EDUO 9223: Implementing the Daily Five for Literary Independence for your K-6 Classroom

Instructor: Kathleen Murphy
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Welcome to EDUO 9223 Implementing the Daily 5 for Literacy Independence, K-6. This class was created by Dominican University of California in conjunction with Educational Development and Services.

Course Description:

This course is based upon the research and best practices of veteran teachers Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, as outlined in their widely read and acclaimed book, The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades (Stenhouse, Inc., 2006). Teachers will read the book and follow the recommended routines and mini-lessons for launching and building stamina for the Daily Five series of literacy tasks: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing.

Explicit modeling, practice, and feedback with the Daily Five will foster student independence and
self-monitoring so that teachers will have time to teach small groups, confer with individual students, and observe and assess all students. The focus for teachers will change from managing student behaviors to creating routines and procedures that promote independent literacy behaviors and productive habits.

For each day of this detailed and explicit 5 week unit, teachers will record their thoughts, ideas and
questions in a journal that will serve as their course product as well as an important record of the
strengths and challenges of implementation, along with recommendations that will help students
improve their habits for reading, writing, and working with peers.



Kathleen Murphy

B.S., M.Ed.

Licensed in Elementary Education, ESL, Reading Specialist K-12, Special Education.

Literacy and ESL Coach and Consultant. Practicum Supervisor for new teacher candidates.

“My current educational goal is to provide quality professional development that will support teachers and enable them to improve student achievement.”

My personal interests include grandchildren, reading, travel and theater.

  • Price: $140
  • 1 Semester Credit/Unit

Instructor: Kathleen Murphy

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