Word Matters: Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom

Word Matters: Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom

by Gay Su Pinnell, Irene Fountas, Mary E. Giacobbe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325000514

ISBN-13: 9780325000510

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Heinemann

In 1996, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas presented Guided Reading, the most comprehensive guided reading resource ever published. Hailed for its practical, systematic approach, the book showed hundreds of thousands of teachers how to address the needs of the whole classroom as well as individual readers. Now, with the publication of Word Matters,

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Overview

In 1996, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas presented Guided Reading, the most comprehensive guided reading resource ever published. Hailed for its practical, systematic approach, the book showed hundreds of thousands of teachers how to address the needs of the whole classroom as well as individual readers. Now, with the publication of Word Matters, Pinnell and Fountas offer K-3 teachers the same unparalleled support, this time focusing on phonics and spelling instruction.

Word Matters presents essential information on designing and implementing a high-quality, systematic literacy program to help children learn about letters, sounds, and words. The central goal is to teach children to become "word solvers": readers who can take words apart while reading for meaning, and writers who can construct words while writing to communicate. Where similar books are narrow in focus, Word Matters presents the theoretical underpinnings and practical wherewithal of word study in three contexts:

  • word study that includes systematically planned and applied experiences focusing on the elements of letters and words
  • writing, including how children use phoneme-grapheme relationships, word patterns, and principles to develop spelling ability
  • reading, including teaching children how to solve words with the use of phonics and visual-analysis skills as they read for meaning.
Each topic is supported with a variety of practical tools: reproducible sheets for a word study system and for writing workshop; lists of spelling minilessons; and extensive word lists, including frequently used words, antonyms, synonyms, and more. Armed with these tools-and the tried-and-true wisdom of Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas-teachers can help students develop not just the "essential skills," but also a joyful appreciation of their own literacy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325000510
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
F & P Professional Books and Multimedia Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
124,562
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Table of Contents

A Quality Literacy Program: Supporting Young Word Solvers

Eight Principles of Literacy Learning

Designing a Quality Literacy Program

Becoming a Word Solver

A Dynamic Classroom Environment for Word Solving

Interactive Word Walls and Charts

Understanding Language and Words

What Teachers Need to Know About Language

Building on Early Learning

What's in a Word? Phonological and Orthographic Awareness

Word Study: Investigating Letters and Words

What Children Need to Know About Letters and Words

Assessing What Children Know

Word-Solving Strategies: Organize to Teach

Teaching for Print and Sound Knowledge

Word Explorers: Teaching for Strategies That Promote Active Inquiry

A Comprehensive Word Study System

Inside Reading and Writing: Learning About Letters and Words

Interactive Writing: Developing Word-Solving Strategies

The Writing Workshop: Support for Word Learning, Mary Ellen Giacobbe

Reading Instruction: Systematic Observation and Teaching for Word Solving

Guided Reading: Powerful Teaching for Word Solving

Thinking Comprehensively About Word Matters

Establishing Benchmarks for Progress

Thinking Comprehensively About Word Solving

Appendixes:

Alphabet Books

Books for Word Play

Alphabet Linking Chart

100 High-Frequency Words

500 High-Frequency Words

Words with Consonants (initial and final)

Words with Consonant Clusters (initial)

Words with Consonant Clusters (final)

Words with Consonant Digraphs (initial)

Words with Consonant Digraphs (final)

Words with Double Consonants

Words with Short Vowel Sounds

Words with Vowels and "r"

Words with Silent "e"

Phonograms

Multisyllable Words

Words with Silent Letters

Contractions

Compound Words

Affixes

Prefixes

Adding Endings

Synonyms

Antonyms

Homographs

Homophones

Plurals

Spelling Demons

Shortened Words (Clipped Words)

Onomatopoeic Words

Greek Roots

Latin Roots

Portmanteau Words

Possible Minilessons

Process Interview: Reading

Process Interview: Writing

Have a Try

Word Strips for Spelling Dictionary

Word Search

Crossword Puzzle

Words to Learn (3 samples)

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Study Sheet (2 samples)

Buddy Check Sheets (3 samples)

Making Connections (2 samples)

My Finished Writing

Topics I Can Write About

My Proofreading List

Frequently Used Words

What I Know About Writing Words

Words I'm Learning How to Write (A Personal Word Wall)

Writers' Workshop Guidelines

Word Study Board Icons

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