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From highly respected scholar Pat Cunningham, this enduring best seller offers a coherent collection of practical activities that provide a framework for teaching phonics.

The fifth edition of this esteemed book seamlessly weaves together the complex, varied strategic approaches needed to help students develop reading and spelling skills. Pat's balanced reading program incorporates a broad spectrum of methods for meeting the needs of individual students. New activities and strategies emphasize that what matters is not how much phonics students know but what they actually use for decoding a new word, for reading and spelling, and for writing.

About the Author:
Patricia M. Cunningham is the author of Beyond Retelling, Classrooms That Work, Schools That Work, and the Making Words series, all published by Allyn & Bacon, as well as a professor of education at Wake Forest University

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Editorial Reviews

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A wonderful resource for someone who is tutoring children of different levels in reading. One book to help them with all of their children, what a bargain!

- Christine M Eaton, Owner/Director, Little Learners Early Childhood Center, Inc., Olathe, KS

Dr. Cunningham’s description of her “personal phonics history” lets the reader see that she truly understands what being a teacher is all about. It is no wonder that every book or article she authors is a best-seller!

I already own a previous edition, but the new material makes this book worth investing in once again.

- Tracy Hendrix, Academic Coach, Carnesville Elementary School, Carnesville, GA

All elementary (K through 5) teachers should own this book and implement the strategies and lessons Patricia Cunningham suggests.

- Christine Frazer, Title I Reading Specialist, Henry P. Fieler Elementary, Merrillville, IN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205608881
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/17/2008
  • Series: Making Words Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Cunningham grew up in Rhode Island. For seven years, after graduating from The University of Rhode Island, she taught a variety of elementary grades in Florida and Indiana. She received her Ph. D in Reading Education from the University Of Georgia in 1974. After teaching at Ohio University and serving as Director of Reading for Alamance Co., North Carolina Schools, she came to Wake Forest University to direct the Elementary Education program in 1978. Pat’s particular interest has always been in finding alternative ways to teach children for whom learning to read is difficult. Reading and Writing in Elementary Classrooms, first published in 1978, is currently in its fourth edition. In 1991, She published Phonics they Use: Words for Reading and Writing, which is currently available in its fourth edition. Along with Richard Allington, She published Classrooms that Work and Schools that Work. Along with Dorothy Hall, she developed the Four Blocks Literacy framework, which is currently used as the balanced literacy framework in thousand of classrooms throughout the country. She and Dorothy Hall are co-directors of the Four Blocks Literacy Center, which is housed at Wake Forest University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     xiii
Building the Foundation for Phonics They Can Use     1
Early Reading and Writing Activities     3
Early Reading Concepts     4
Shared Reading of Predictable Books     8
Predictable Charts     12
Writing     17
Getting to Know You     24
Summary     28
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness     29
Developing Phonological Awareness     30
Developing the Concept of Rhyme     31
Teaching Blending and Segmenting     35
Using Names to Build Phonological and Phonemic Awareness     40
Summary     41
Concrete Words, Letter Names, and Sounds     42
Names     42
Alphabet Books     46
Letter Actions and Foods     48
Key Words for Sounds     50
Changing a Hen to a Fox     52
Guess the Covered Word     54
Summary     56
Making Words in Kindergarten     57
Making Words Kindergarten Lesson a-t     59
Pattern: ent     66
Pattern: ay     67
Pattern: ate     68
Summary: How the Foundational Activities Are Multilevel     71
Fluency     73
Fluency Activities     75
Independent Reading Develops Fluency     77
Daily Writing Develops Fluency     79
Rereading Develops Fluency     81
Fluency Development Lessons     84
Summary     85
High-Frequency Words     86
Building Meaning for High-Frequency Words     88
Doing a Word Wall     91
"On-the-Back" Activities     96
Other Word-Wall Practice Activities     104
Portable and Take-Home Word Walls     106
Theme Boards     107
Summary: How the Fluency Activities and Word Walls Are Multilevel     108
Using Phonics and Spelling Patterns     109
Making Words     112
A Sample Making Words Lesson     116
Making Words Homework     121
Additional Making Words Lessons     121
Summary     126
Rhyme-Based Decoding and Spelling Activities     127
Learning the Most Common Rhyming Patterns     127
Rounding Up the Rhymes     128
Using Words You Know     131
Reading/Writing Rhymes     137
Summary     142
Spelling Activities     144
What Looks Right?     145
Word Sorting and Hunting     149
Summary: How the Decoding and Spelling Activities Are Multilevel     153
Big Words     155
Decoding and Spelling Big Words     158
Teaching Common Prefixes and Suffixes     159
Teaching Common Root Words     166
The Nifty Thrifty Fifty     169
Modeling: How to Figure Out a Big Word     176
Word Detectives     179
Big-Word Collectors     182
The Wheel     185
Mystery Word Match     187
Summary     192
Making Words in Upper Grades     193
A Third-Grade Making Words Lesson     195
A Fourth-Grade Making Words Lesson     199
A Fifth-Grade Making Words Lesson     205
Summary: How the Big Words Activities Are Multilevel     211
Coaching, Assessment, Research, and Terminology     213
Coaching for Strategic Decoding and Spelling     214
Coaching during Writing Conferences     215
Coaching during Reading     216
Summary     220
Assessment     221
What Is Assessment?     221
Assessing Early Reading Strategies     222
Assessing Word Strategies     224
The Names Test     229
Summary     234
The Theory and the Research- The Why Underlying the How     235
My Personal Phonics History     236
What We Know about How Good Readers Read Words     240
What We Know about How Children Learn to Read Words     243
Summary: The Research and Phonics They Use     250
Phonics Terminology for Teachers     251
References     257
Index     265
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    This book was somewhat useful

    I had this book for a class in teaching, we did not really use it all that much. It seemed a bit short and redundant to the other book I had in my class. It was easy to read but not the best book I would say.

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