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Ch 15: AEPA Reading K-8: Phonemic & Spelling Awareness

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Review phonemic and spelling awareness with these lessons and quizzes as you prepare for the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) Reading Endorsement K-8 exam.

AEPA Reading K-8: Phonemic & Spelling Awareness - Chapter Summary

Get ready for the AEPA Reading K-8 exam with these study tools. Not only will you review strategies for spelling instruction and phonemic awareness, but you'll also cover topics related to writing development and structure. By the end of the chapter, you'll have studied the following:

  • Suffixes, prefixes and root words
  • Strategies for correct spelling
  • Finding word meaning with roots and affixes
  • Segmenting phonemes
  • Sight words by grade level
  • Using writing to improve reading skills
  • Prewriting, basic essay structure and structuring paragraphs and sentences

This chapter uses a combination of text and video lessons as well as practice quizzes to get you up to speed for the AEPA Reading K-8 exam. Each lesson takes about five minutes to go through, and they address concepts in a way that is easy to understand. Use the personal dashboard feature to track your progress through the chapter.

AEPA Reading K-8: Phonemic & Spelling Awareness Chapter Objectives

The AEPA Reading K-8 exam is part of the teacher certification process in the state of Arizona. You'll answer 100 selected-response questions and complete one constructed-response assignment. The test lasts three hours and thirty minutes.

The lessons in this chapter correspond to the Essential Elements of K-8 Literacy Instruction and Intervention subarea of the exam, which makes up about 40% of the total test score. You'll be asked about phonemic awareness in literacy development, linking phonics to reading and writing and using writing activities to support phonics. Expect to answer questions about instructional strategies for the writing process. Finally, you'll need to be familiar with strategies for instructing students in sight words, inflectional morphemes, word roots, prefixes and suffixes.

9 Lessons in Chapter 15: AEPA Reading K-8: Phonemic & Spelling Awareness
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Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

1. Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

How do we form words in our language? What gives them definitions? Watch this video lesson to discover how word parts like prefixes, suffixes and root words make up words and affect their meanings.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

2. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

3. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

4. Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

Phonemes are tiny units of sound in speech. When phonemes are combined, they can make up words. In this lesson, we will discuss what phonemes are, how to segment them in words and why they are important.

How to Teach Grade Level Appropriate Sight Words

5. How to Teach Grade Level Appropriate Sight Words

Find out how to create lists of sight words that are relevant to the level of your students. Learn strategies for teaching sight words and then check your knowledge of this topic with a quiz.

How Writing Can Improve Reading Skills

6. How Writing Can Improve Reading Skills

Reading and writing are two of the infamous 'Three R's', so naturally we think of them as going hand-in-hand. But can specific writing instruction actually help reading? Turns out, yes. This lesson describes the connection between reading and writing and outlines strategies for using writing skills to boost reading.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

7. Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

You should learn prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming, mapping, and freewriting, to produce well-planned, focused essays. This lesson explains the basics for how to conduct effective prewriting.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

8. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

9. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.

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