Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading: A Professional Development Guide to Phonics / Edition 1

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Learn to enhance your assessment and teaching of Phonics!

Finally teachers have access to a professional development series, Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading, written specifically to guide them in sharpening their understanding of the five key components to Reading First–phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. This book focuses on phonics, but each volume in the five-part series addresses one key component and presents friendly tips and strategies that teachers can take right into the classroom.

How to make Phonics work for you!

  • Consider recommendations for incorporating appropriate reading materials, fostering productive home—school connections, and promoting students’ desire to learn to read and write.
  • Read about the findings of current key research studies and learn about their implications for classroom practice.
  • Discover how to evaluate your current practices and create concrete plans for change.
  • Start a learning community or book club and share your knowledge with colleagues–Book Club Ideas are included as an appendix.
  • Access useful resources and links to extend and enrich your own learning beyond the classroom.

Teachers rave about A Professional Development Guide to Phonics!

“This book is terrific–it provides very workable instructional activities and routines for making phonics instruction work. I have tried these with my own students and they work–my children are leaning phonics and they are loving words.”

–Tracy L. Foreman, Literacy Specialist & Reading Recovery Teacher, Kent, Ohio.

“There is no guesswork involved! This looks like pages from what could be ‘Phonics for Dummies’ and we need it. These are essential skills and teachers must have a clear understanding of them.”

--- Cathy Taylor, Reading First literacy coach, Lumpkin, Georgia

Also available in the Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading series:

A Professional Development Guide to Phonemic Awareness © 2008 ISBN: 0-205-45628-6

A Professional Development Guide to Vocabulary © 2008 ISBN: 0-205-45631-6

A Professional Development Guide to Fluency © 2008 ISBN: 0-205-45629-4

A Professional Development Guide to Comprehension © 2008 ISBN: 0-205-45627-8

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205456307
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/24/2007
  • Series: Rasinski Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 374,840
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Timothy Rasinski is a Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education. His major interests include working with children who find reading difficult, phonics and reading fluency instruction, and teacher development in literacy education. He has published over 100 articles and 10 books on various aspects of reading education. Dr. Rasinski is past editor of The Reading Teacher and is currently an editor for the Journal of Literacy Research. He has served as president of the College Reading Association and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association. He earned bachelor degrees in economics and education at the University of Akron and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His master's degree in special education also comes from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Rasinski was awarded the Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Nancy Padak is a Distinguished Professor of Education at Kent State University where she directs the Reading and Writing Center and teaches graduate courses in literacy education and recently received the honor of Kent State University Distinguished Professor. She was a part of the team that wrote the initial grant to fund the state literacy resource center at Kent State University-Ohio Literacy Resource Center (OLRC) and has been a middle school and high school classroom teacher and administrator in a large urban school district. She frequently works with teachers, has written or edited a dozen books and more than 100 scholarly articles. Nancy is a past College Reading Association President and a former Editor of The Reading Teacher. She currently edits the Journal of Literacy Research. Nancy . Nancy has three grown children, Katie, Mike and Matt. Her husband, Gary is Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Kent State. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Belinda S. Zimmerman

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Table of Contents

Series Introduction: Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading — A Professional Development Guide

The National Reading Panel Report

Professional Development in Literacy

Using the Books

Overview of Book Contents

Introduction: Phonics

Chapter 1 Phonics — What does research tell us?

What Is Phonics?

Phonics and Phonemic Awareness: Are They the Same?

Why Is Phonics Important?

The Issue of Scope and Sequence

Components of Successful Phonics Programs


Professional Development Suggestions

Chapter 2 Instructional Strategies for Phonics Development

Guiding Principles for Instruction

Professional Development Suggestions

Strategy Suggestions

Phonics Materials and Programs

Professional Development Suggestions

Chapter 3 Assessing Phonics Development

Big Ideas

Evaluate Your Current Assessment Practices

Ideas for Assessment

Plan for Change

Chapter 4 Fostering Home-School Connections

Working with ELLs

Communicating with Families

Professional Development Suggestions

Chapter 5 Resources for Teachers

Appendix A Book Club Ideas

Appendix B Notes


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