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Ch 1: Overview of Phonics Education

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Quickly refresh your understanding of phonics education before taking an important test with this chapter as your guide. These short lessons and quizzes are easy to understand and accessible on any computer, smartphone or tablet.

Overview of Phonics Education - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find short lessons and accompanying multiple-choice quizzes designed to help you understand and master phonics education. You'll review basic phonics; decoding skills for literacy; the development of skills for phonological awareness; and different methods used for teaching phonics such as blending, dictation and sound-spelling. After you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Teach print and letter-sound correspondence, syllabication and word breaks
  • Explain the role of phonics and sight words in word recognition
  • Detail teaching strategies for phonics and sight words
  • Outline ways to teach phonics to ESL students
  • Teach decoding reading strategies
  • Identify the relationship between decoding and encoding in phonics
  • Use word patterns as a decoding strategy in teaching
  • Differentiate between implicit and explicit phonics approaches to literacy

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15 Lessons in Chapter 1: Overview of Phonics Education
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What is Phonics? - Definition & Overview

1. What is Phonics? - Definition & Overview

In this lesson, we explore phonics and the phonics-based system of teaching students to read and spell, as well as note the major difficulty with such a system.

Basic Phonics & Decoding Skills for Literacy

2. Basic Phonics & Decoding Skills for Literacy

Learning to read and write requires a solid foundation of phonics and decoding skills. This lesson will define phonics and show how basic skills can help struggling readers.

Development of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Skills

3. Development of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Skills

Students learning to read need to be aware of sounds in speech. This lesson outlines these phonemic awareness skills and details age ranges for their development.

Teaching Phonics: Sound-Spelling, Blending & Dictation

4. Teaching Phonics: Sound-Spelling, Blending & Dictation

For many children, phonics instruction is the root of learning to read. In this lesson, you will discover the importance of sound-spelling, blending, and dictation in phonics instruction.

Teaching Print & Letter-Sound Correspondence

5. Teaching Print & Letter-Sound Correspondence

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of print concepts and letter-sound correspondence, which a student needs to understand to make sense of books and text.

Teaching Syllabication & Word Breaks

6. Teaching Syllabication & Word Breaks

Learning how to break words up into syllables is a helpful part of spelling and decoding. This lesson gives you some ideas about how to teach syllabication and word breaks.

The Role of Phonics & Sight Words in Word Recognition

7. The Role of Phonics & Sight Words in Word Recognition

Teachers of young readers need to have strategies for teaching phonics and sight words in their tool bag. This lesson discusses the role of these two strategies in the development of word recognition and reading development.

Teaching Strategies for Phonics & Sight Words

8. Teaching Strategies for Phonics & Sight Words

Learning about phonics is a crucial aspect of learning to read and write. This lesson offers concrete strategies for teaching phonics and sight words.

What Are WIDA Standards?

9. What Are WIDA Standards?

WIDA standards are designed to help measure the academic progress of English language learners. Keep reading for more information on these standards and how they are used in the classroom.

How to Use the WIDA Standards

10. How to Use the WIDA Standards

What's WIDA? How does it mesh with Common Core and state standards? How do you use it? In this lesson, you will learn the basics of WIDA standards and how to use them to help English Language Learners in the classroom.

Teaching Phonics to ESL Students

11. Teaching Phonics to ESL Students

Learning phonics will help your ESL students improve reading, spelling and pronunciation, especially with new words. In this lesson, we will discuss some ideas to teach phonics to students of various ages and linguistic levels.

Teaching Decoding Reading Strategies

12. Teaching Decoding Reading Strategies

Learning how to decode properly is a key aspect of learning to read. This lesson introduces you to some of the fundamentals of teaching children how to decode when reading.

The Relationship Between Decoding & Encoding in Phonics

13. The Relationship Between Decoding & Encoding in Phonics

Though not all children learn to read in the same way and at the same time, there are predictable relationships between some of their steps. This lesson will define decoding and encoding and detail their interplay in a developing reader.

Teaching Word Patterns as a Decoding Strategy

14. Teaching Word Patterns as a Decoding Strategy

By engaging students in learning activities, such as sorting and word manipulation, students begin to see patterns in words. In this lesson, we will learn how to teach decoding skills through word patterns.

Explicit & Implicit Phonics Approaches to Literacy

15. Explicit & Implicit Phonics Approaches to Literacy

Phonics are a fundamental part of learning to read well. But how should they be taught? In this lesson, we'll examine both explicit and implicit approaches to phonics instruction, including the pros and cons of each and example activities.

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