The Need for Early Reading Interventions Poor reading ability correlates with long- term negative outcomes. Reading is the cornerstone of academic success. Students with poor reading skills in the beginning are likely to have poor skills in the future.
Learning in Steps Research has demonstrated a need for children to learn to recognize words with speed and accuracy to read with fluency and comprehension. Progression of learning: Understanding the concept of words Alphabetic Awareness Phonemic Awareness Phonics Word Recognition Fluency Comprehension
What is Phonemic Awareness? Phonemic awareness is an understanding that speech is composed of individual sounds. It is part of the hierarchy of reading skills developed in early reading. It is not a unitary skill, but is comprised of various components.
Five levels of Phonemic Awareness (Adams,1990). 1 Appreciation of sound in spoken language (recitation of nursery rhymes). 2 Ability to compare and contrast sounds in words by grouping words with similar or dissimilar sounds (beginning, middle, and end of words). 3 Ability to blend and split syllables. 4 Phonemic segmentation or the ability to isolate individual sounds in syllables. 5 Ability to manipulate phonemes by omitting and deleting phonemes to make new words.
Why is it important? It is necessary in learning to read and spell the English language because English is alphabetic. Sounds correlate with letters to make words. Research has demonstrated a strong link between phonemic awareness and beginning reading.
Why Phonemic Awareness over Whole-language? The Whole-language approach Focuses on teaching reading by immersing students in literature while providing minimal direct skill instruction. Provides students with ample opportunities to read and write and provides guidance as needed. Students learn to read through whole-word recognition which creates a guessing game when presented with new words. Students taught with phonics instruction read 54% of new words correctly, students with whole-language read 3%. However, balance is necessary.
What skills are taught? Early Reading Skills (Good III, Simmons & Smith, 1998) Area 1: Phonological Awareness Awareness of correlation of sounds to words Area 2: Alphabetic Understanding Link between a letter and a sound Area 3: Phonological Recoding Use of relationship between phonemes and letters to recognize printed words, then read and spell them Area 4: Accuracy and Fluency with Connected Text Comprehending what is read
How to assess skills Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), University of Oregon Dynamic: continuing evaluation of skills Indicators: representative and correlated with important skill areas Predictive: future reading performance Functional: related to reading aquisition
DIBELS Assessments: Target age range: Preschool – Second grade Onset Recognition Fluency Late preschool through winter of kindergarten Appropriate for monitoring progress of older children with low phonological awareness Letter Naming Fluency Fall of kindergarten through fall of first grade Appropriate for monitoring progress of older children with low skills in letter naming
DIBELS Assessments cont.: Phoneme Segmentation Fluency Winter of kindergarten through fall of first grade Appropriate for monitoring progress of older children with low phonological awareness Nonsense Word Fluency Fall of first grade through summer of first grade Appropriate for monitoring progress of older children with low skills in letter-sound correspondence
How to teach Phonemic Awareness 5 Features of effective interventions (Good III et.al., 1998) 1. Provide instruction at the phoneme level. 2. Scaffold tasks and examples. 3. Model skills prior to practice and provide opportunities for students to produce isolated sounds orally. 4. Provide systematic and strategic instruction for identifying sounds in words, blending and segmenting, and culminate with integration of phonological awareness and letter-sound correspondence instruction. 5. Use concrete materials to represent sounds.
Modeling activities Teaching vs. practice The importance of scope and sequence: Larger units before smaller units (words before syllables) Continuous before stop sounds (cont.: f, l, m, n, stop: b, c, d, g) Fewer sounds before more sounds (VC or CV before CVC) Auditory blending before segmenting (e.g. foooot-baaaall vs. mmm-aaaaa-t) Blending and segmenting before manipulation (e.g. removing sounds to make new words) Oral before written language
Phonemic Teaching Methods Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum.(Adams, Foorman, Lundberg, & Beeler, 1998) The use of language games Play regularly (15-20 min) Go in order of sequence Use both segmenting (analysis) and blending (synthesis) activities Child should feel as though s/he is playing while learning Consistently pronounce words slowly and clearly
The Language Games: Listening game: Listening to Sounds Rhyming: Poetry, Songs, and Jingles Words and Sentences: Introducing the Idea of sentences Awareness of Syllables: Clapping Names Initial and Final Sounds: Guess Who Phonemes: Two-Sound Words Introducing Letters and Spellings: Guess Who: Introducing Sounds and Letters
Reading Intervention Program Reading Recovery Program Goal: Help struggling students catch up to peers Requires a lot of teacher monitoring (1:1) Daily sessions last minutes per session and run weeks
Reading Recovery Program Strategies Reading left to right Using a return sweep rather than a slow return Monitoring whether story makes sense Searching for cues from context Rereading when unclear Self-correction
Important Resources Provides explanation of DIBELS research and application Big Ideas in Beginning Reading National Institute for Literacy National Reading Panel Update
Application for CBC It is important to understand what is needed to promote early reading skills so that problems can be identified and treated before negative trajectory is established. Assessment techniques allow for problem areas to be targeted and monitored throughout interventions. Teaching techniques can be used across settings to facilitate partnerships in learning. Consultants can provide consultees with further resources to provide guidance throughout reading development.
References Adams, M.J. (1990). Beginning to read: Thinking and learning about print. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Adams, M.J., Foorman, B.R., Lundberg, I, & Beeler, T. (1998). Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A classroom curriculum. Baltimore, MD : Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co. Good III, R. H. Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) with CBM. Early Childhood Research Institute on Measuring Growth and Development. Eugene, OR. Good III, R. H., Simmons, D. C., & Smith, S. B. (1998). Effective academic intervention in the United States: Evaluating and enhancing the acquistion of early reading skills. School Psychology Review. Vol 27, No. 1, pp
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