Teaching Our Children to Read: The Components of an Effective, Comprehensive Reading Program

Teaching Our Children to Read: The Components of an Effective, Comprehensive Reading Program

by Bill Honig

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ISBN-13: 9781628736502
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bill Honig is the cofounder and president of CORE, a professional development organization for the implementation of comprehensive, research-based literacy programs. He is the author of Last Chance for Our Children: How You Can Help Save Our Schools .

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionviii
About the Authorxi
1.The Case for a Balanced Approach1
The Great Debate2
Successful Early Reading Programs in Practice9
Essential Components of an Effective Literacy Program10
Comprehensive and Balanced: Not the Same as Eclectic12
Summary13
2.What Skilled Readers Do16
The Importance of Seeing Letter Combinations in Words17
The Importance of Connecting Letter Combinations With Discrete Sounds and Meaning17
Skills Needed to Become a Proficient Reader20
3.Beginning-to-Read Instruction for Preschool and Kindergarten23
Listening and Responding to Stories at School and at Home24
Naming and Recognizing Letters25
The Importance of Phonemic Awareness27
Print Concepts34
Mastering a Few Sight Words35
Syntactic Awareness36
Summary36
4.Beginning-to-Read Instruction for Early First Grade39
Decoding and Comprehension41
Recognizing Single Words42
Learning to Decode42
Reading and Comprehension45
Practice Makes Perfect: The Sequence of Becoming an Automatic Reader46
Reading Instruction for Early First Grade51
Individual Diagnosis and Benchmarks: Keys to Effective Instruction70
Combining Reading With Discussions and Feedback71
Specially Designed Books and Materials72
Correctness Versus Coverage74
The Importance of Timely, Early Intervention75
Individual and Group Tutoring76
Successful Reading Programs in the Classroom77
Grouping Strategies78
Determining Structure80
5.Reading Instruction for Middle First Grade to Upper Elementary Grades83
A Book- and Story-Driven Strategy to Teach Skills83
First Principle: Match Books to Students' Levels84
Second Principle: Frequently Evaluate Students' Reading86
Continued Phonics, Spelling, and Decoding Support88
Multisyllabic Word Instruction89
6.Spelling, Beginning Writing, and Vocabulary92
Spelling92
Stages of Spelling Development94
Teaching Spelling96
Beginning Writing99
Vocabulary100
7.Comprehension and Assessment105
Independent, Wide Reading106
Strategic Reading108
Book Discussions112
Assessment117
8.Writing and Speaking121
Written and Oral Applications121
Writing122
9.Frequently Asked Questions125
10.Conclusions128
Resource A129
Resource BThe Role of Skills in a Comprehensive Elementary Reading Program--24 Major Points134
References142
Suggested Reading155
Index157

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