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PLACE: Foundations of a Reading Program - Chapter Summary
This chapter can help you review the process of learning how to read, ways teachers can facilitate learning and other topics related to developing a reading program. View this series of short, engaging and mobile device friendly text and video lessons to review for questions on the PLACE Reading Specialist exam about:
- Steps for learning how read
- Importance of alphabetic principles when learning to read
- Phonological development and teaching phonics
- Homonyms and homophones
- Using the relationship between words and context to determine word meaning
- Using affixes and roots to identify the meaning of words
- Promoting reading fluency
- Tools and techniques for facilitating reading development
When you finish a lesson, be sure to test your understanding of the material presented with the lesson quiz, and then use the results from the assessment to identify topics you haven't fully mastered. Return to the lessons with the links in the quizzes to improve your understanding of such topics before you take the PLACE Reading Specialist exam
PLACE: Foundations of a Reading Program Chapter Objectives
The PLACE Reading Specialist exam is used in the state of Colorado for prospective educators seeking to add a reading specialist credential to their license. This exam is administered in a four-and-one-half-hour testing session and includes questions about reading programs. The objective of this chapter is to help you study for potential questions in this subarea related to the processes of teaching reading skills and the tools that can be used to facilitate reading skills.
1. Steps in Learning to Read
Learning to read is a multifaceted process. This lesson will explore the steps necessary to learn how to read and will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.
2. The Alphabetic Principle & Learning to Read
Learning to read can often be a complex process for children, especially bilingual and other language learners. How does the alphabetic principle come into play? This lesson will explain how all children use the principle to develop reading.
3. 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.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Understanding Words By Their Relationships
Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.
8. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words
With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.
9. 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.
10. Promoting & Assessing Sight Word Automaticity
One of the most important ways to help emergent readers gain in competence and fluency is by promoting their awareness of sight words. In this lesson, learn how to assess students' knowledge of sight words and how to promote development of automaticity.
11. Activities that Promote Reading Fluency
Learning to read can be a fun and exciting experience for young students. Providing activities that promote reading fluency helps to improve a child's skill.
12. Reading Strategies Using Visualization
In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.
13. How Children's Books Facilitate Reading Development
When learning to read, it's important for children to, well, read. Sounds simple, right? Not so fast. The right book can make all the difference between a positive and frustrating experience. This lesson outlines how books help children learn to read and offers a guide to finding that perfect text.
14. Setting Up a Classroom Library: Organization & Ideas
All classrooms have different needs, and having a classroom library can be a great way to reach all your students. Watch this video lesson to learn how to set up an effective classroom library.
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Other chapters within the PLACE Reading Specialist: Practice & Study Guide course
- PLACE: Planning the Reading Curriculum
- PLACE: Effective Reading Instruction
- PLACE: Reading Programs & Teaching Approaches
- PLACE: Types of Reading Assessments
- PLACE: Reading Assessment Techniques
- PLACE: Assessment Issues & Data Analysis
- PLACE: Identifying Reading Needs & Disabilities
- PLACE: Reading Instruction for Special Needs Students
- PLACE: Cultural & Language Concerns in Reading Instruction
- PLACE: Research for Reading Instruction
- PLACE: Partnerships in Reading Instruction
- PLACE: Professional Skills & Development
- PLACE: Legal Aspects of Reading Instruction
- PLACE Reading Specialist Flashcards