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Ch 6: NMTA Reading: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics

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Let us help you review information on phonemes, morphemes and spelling development as you prepare for the NMTA Reading exam. The lessons in this chapter of our study guide will help you tackle exam questions on these topics.

NMTA Reading: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons look at phonological development in children and teaching phonics and spelling in the classroom. Our videos and quizzes will help you answer NMTA Reading exam questions on topics such as:

  • Definition of phonemes
  • Stages of phonological development
  • Types of morphemes
  • Strategies for teaching phonics
  • Spelling development
  • Common spelling mistakes
  • Possessive pronouns and contractions

These lessons average about five minutes in length and are available anytime, on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Convenient video tags make it simple to return to specific parts of the lesson to review key terms or topics. A written transcript lets you read along with the instructor.

NMTA Reading: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics Chapter Objectives

New Mexico requires that you pass the NMTA Reading exam as one of the requirements for obtaining a teaching license or endorsement. The exam is divided into four subareas, and questions on the material covered in this chapter are found in the Developing Phonological and Other Linguistic Processes Related to Reading subarea, which accounts for 20% of the test.

The exam consists of multiple-choice questions which ask you to read a short statement or passage and select the best answer from several options. The quizzes that follow our lessons are also multiple-choice and offer a chance to gain experience answering questions in this format. You can also assess your retention of the material via the quizzes.

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: NMTA Reading: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

1. 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.

Phonological Development in Children: Stages & Overview

2. Phonological Development in Children: Stages & Overview

In this lesson you'll learn all about how children develop the ability to turn basic units of sound into actual language. We'll cover the major phonological skills and the stages of development. Following the lesson is a short quiz.

Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

3. Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

The smallest recognized unit of meaning, morphemes function as the foundation of language. Explore this foundation through a full definition, discussion of types, and examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Teaching Phonics in the Classroom

4. Teaching Phonics in the Classroom

In this lesson, you will work toward being able to explain phonics as a teaching method, understanding the connection between phonics and phonological awareness, and understanding some activities and strategies to help with teaching phonics.

The Spelling Development Process

5. The Spelling Development Process

The process of learning to spell can often be complicated and frustrating for students. With the right method of instruction and a solid understanding of the relationship between spelling and reading, spelling can be a breeze. Read on for details.

Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

6. 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.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

7. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

8. 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.

Spelling Mistakes: Common Examples & Overview

9. Spelling Mistakes: Common Examples & Overview

Learn about some of the most common types of spelling mistakes and how to correct them. Read the lesson and take a brief quiz to test your new skills.

Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples

10. Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples

In writing, many people get possessive pronouns and contractions confused. In this lesson, we'll discuss the differences between the two, as well as how to use apostrophes in order to form contractions.

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