History of Reading Instruction: Trends & Movements Video


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What did reading instruction focus on in the 1600s?

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1. How did the McGuffey Readers organize instruction?

2. What is the philosophy of the synthetic phonics method?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ideally, U.S. citizens learn to read while they are still children, but according to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2012, 12 countries had a better rate of adult literacy than the United States. This quiz/worksheet combo touches on methods and philosophies employed to teach reading. Among the subjects covered are balanced literacy and the McGuffey Reader.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can use these assessments to measure your familiarity with the following:

  • Balanced literacy
  • Methodology used in the 1600s
  • Synthetic phonics
  • McGuffey Reader
  • Methods using authentic text

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz give you the chance to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - establish that you can draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history of reading instruction
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as balanced literacy and synthetic phonics
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the varied methods of reading instruction and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To shed more light on the development of the teaching of reading, review the accompanying lesson entitled History of Reading Instruction: Trends & Movements. In addition to other objectives, the lesson deals with the following:

  • Contemplate the importance of reading in everyday life
  • Define fluency
  • Cite some examples of methodology tools used in the 1600s to teach reading
  • Discuss the advent of The New England Primer
  • Examine the content of the McGuffey Reader
  • Differentiate between synthetic and analytic phonics instruction
  • Explain the Initial Teaching Alphabet
  • Explore basal reading