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An important new phonics book by this well-known expert in the field of whole language. This book gives future teachers all of the background and research- based strategies they need to introduce decoding instruction into a holistic classroom in a way that helps children master decoding skills and apply writing activities. KEY TOPICS: Four chapters present solid research evidence to support the book's position on whole language, decoding, phonemic awareness, phonics, and word recognition. Seven chapters then describe classroom-proven strategies for teaching decoding, and related skills, through direct instruction, in as few as ten minutes of classroom time per day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780023322303
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/13/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Whole Language 1
What Is Whole Language? 1
Classroom Practices Associated with Holistic Literacy Education 4
Results of Research on Whole Language 11
Whole Language Application Activities 16
2 Decoding 17
The Coding System in Written English 17
Defining Decoding 17
Decoding Application Activities 22
3 Phonemic Awareness and the Alphabetic Principle 23
Phonemic Awareness 23
Phonemic Awareness Application Activities 33
4 Phonics and the Alphabetic Principle 35
Defining Phonics 35
Differentiating between Implicit and Explicit Phonics Approaches 36
The Instructional Approach of This Book 37
Why Phonics Knowledge Is Important 40
Types of Phonics Instruction to Provide for Children 48
Phonics Application Activities 48
5 Developing Phonemic Awareness through Stories, Games, and Songs 50
Phonological Awareness Stages 50
Phonemic Awareness Levels 52
Activities to Enhance Rhyme and Alliteration 54
Using Songs to Enhance Phonemic Awareness 58
Using Games to Develop Phonemic Awareness 61
Using Literature Books to Enhance Phonemic Awareness 68
6 A Formal Phonemic Awareness Training Program 71
The Writing Process 71
Phonemic Awareness Training 74
Phonemic Awareness Training Research 88
7 Decoding Instruction in Holistic Classrooms: Word Recognition, Analogy, and Context 90
Social Mediation and Scaffolding 90
Decoding Strategies 91
Sight Word Recognition 91
Identifying Words by Analogy 99
Using Contextual Information to Identify Words 100
8 Decoding Instruction in Holistic Classrooms: Phonics, Morphemic Analysis, and Syllabic Analysis 104
Phonics 104
Morphemic Analysis 115
Syllabic Analysis 116
The Decoding "Path of Least Resistance" 120
9 Teaching Decoding Informally through Reading and Writing Activities 122
Assisted Reading Strategies 123
Motivating Children to Read 133
Children's Literature 134
The Language Experience Approach (LEA) 141
The Writing Process 143
10 Teaching Phonics in Ten Minutes a Day 146
Phonics Lessons 147
11 Assessing Decoding and Reading Comprehension 167
Assessing Decoding Accuracy and Fluency 167
Sight Word Assessment 168
Phonics Assessment 168
Appendix A 919 High-frequency Words Obtained from Children's Literature Books 171
Appendix B 275 High-frequency Irregular Words Obtained from Children's Literature Books 175
Appendix C Sample Words Containing Low-frequency Letter-Sound Relationships 177
Appendix D Readability and Word Analysis Data on 235 Popular Children's Literature Books 178
Appendix E Word Lists for Chapter 10 Phonics Lessons 184
Appendix F Sample Story Grammar Test 195
Appendix G Individual Sight Word Test 196
Appendix H Individual Phonics Test 198
Appendix I Group Phonics Test 200
References 205
Index 217
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