Ch 1: TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Alphabetic Principles

About This Chapter

Get reacquainted with alphabetic principles as you prepare to take the TExMaT Master Reading Teacher exam. Explore important concepts you could see on the exam and ensure you fully understand them by reviewing fun lessons and taking the short quizzes in this chapter.

TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Alphabetic Principles - Chapter Summary

Each video and text lesson in this chapter offers a close look at an alphabetic principle that could appear on the TExMaT Master Reading Teacher exam. Use the lessons and self-assessment quizzes to boost your confidence as you study for the test. If you complete this chapter in its entirety, you will be able to:

  • Define and discuss the segmentation of phonemes
  • Describe implicit and explicit phonics approaches to literacy
  • Share the definition of and activities associated with phonemic and phonological awareness
  • Detail the process of teaching phonics in the classroom and the processes of scribbling and invented spelling
  • Identify types of consonants, vowels and syllables, and discuss their structure
  • Explain how to familiarize students with high frequency words
  • Discuss cue systems and the stages of spelling development

This chapter offers a variety of resources you can use to ensure you're prepared to address alphabetic principles on the exam. Entertaining lessons make your review of this subject area fun thanks to visual effects in the videos and vivid descriptions in the texts. Short quizzes and a practice exam confirm your comprehension of lesson concepts and feature questions formatted similarly to those on the exam. All of these resources are accessible 24/7 from any computer, smartphone or tablet to ensure you can fit your preparations for the exam into a busy schedule.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Alphabetic Principles
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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.

Explicit & Implicit Phonics Approaches to Literacy

2. 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.

Phonemic & Phonological Awareness: Definitions & Activities

3. Phonemic & Phonological Awareness: Definitions & Activities

Phonics, phonemic awareness, and phonological awareness may all sound really similar, but they are all different yet important skills required for successful reading. Watch this lesson to find out about each one and how to develop them.

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 Processes of Scribbling & Invented Spelling

5. The Processes of Scribbling & Invented Spelling

Children aren't born with the ability to spell like they are the ability to breathe or eat. In this lesson, we'll examine the processes of pre-spelling including how children move from scribbling to spelling through specific developmental steps.

Understanding Consonants, Vowels & Syllables: Types, Structure & Activities

6. Understanding Consonants, Vowels & Syllables: Types, Structure & Activities

After watching this video lesson, you will learn how vowels and consonants come together to form syllables. You will also learn how you can teach this part of our language to your students.

Familiarizing Students with High Frequency Words

7. Familiarizing Students with High Frequency Words

Watch this video lesson to learn what you as an educator can do to help students learn to read with confidence. Learn why learning the high frequency words is beneficial, if not crucial, to becoming a competent reader.

Cueing Systems: Graphic, Syntactic & Semantic

8. Cueing Systems: Graphic, Syntactic & Semantic

What happens when you're reading, and you come across an unfamiliar word? In this lesson, we'll explore the three major cueing systems for reading: graphic, syntactic, and semantic. We'll also discuss activities to teach each system.

Stages of Spelling Development

9. Stages of Spelling Development

Children don't start out knowing how to spell words. Instead, spelling (like many other skills) develops over time and with practice. Watch this lesson to find out more about the stages of spelling development that children go through.

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