2 Effective Phonics Instruction Develops an understanding of the Alphabetic Principle;Incorporates phonemic awareness;Provides sufficient practice in reading words;Leads to automatic word recognition;Is only one part of a comprehensive reading program.Alphabetic Principle: the systematic relationship between letters and sounds in words.PA with lettersPractice: includes reading words in isolation, reading words in decodable texts, writing words from dictation.Repeated practice enables students to read words automatically or by memory.Other aspects of reading such as vocabulary and comprehension must be emphasized.
3 Systematic and Explicit Phonics Instruction Systematic phonics: teaching sound/spelling relationships in logical instructional sequencenewly introduced skills built on existing skillstasks arranged from simplest to most complexExplicit phonics: concepts are clearly explained and skills are directly modeledrequires overt explanation of tasks to studentsrequires less inference/discovery by studentsSee example of Explicit Phonics Sequence chart on page 175.
4 Approaches to Phonics Instruction Synthetic-explicitblending individual sounds into wordsAnalogy instructionusing phonograms (rime) to identify wordsAnalyticidentifying word patterns without blending individual soundsEmbeddedimplicit instruction in context of authentic reading and writing experiencesSynthetic: Offers the most support by a teacher; includes practice of reading words with phonic elements with decodable text. (Can begin at partial alphabetic phase.)Analogy: Recognizing that the rime of an unfamiliar word is the same as rime in familiar word. This is easiest for students in the full alphabetic phase.Analytic: This is the easiest for students at the consolidated alphabetic stage.Embedded: The least systematic and least support from the teacher; requires students to predict word identities based on a variety of word solving skills that are limited in the early phase of word recognition development. This is problematic for at-risk students who need explicit instruction.
5 Effective Instructional Techniques for Explicit Phonics Model “I do it”explicit clear exampleLead “We do it”monitoring student responsecorrective feedback immediately: stop and model correct response for whole grouppacing to keep students actively engagedsignaling when students are to respond in unisonCheck “You do it”
6 Phonics Scope and Sequence for Reading Programs Begin with the most common sound/spellings.High-utility sound/spellings should be introduced early.Sequence moves from simple to complex.Letter/sounds introduction enables words to be formed and read as soon as possible.Sounds of letters that are easy to pronounce and blend should be introduced first.Instruction of letters having similar sounds and shapes should be separated.See Scope and Sequence of Phonic Instruction on page 178.For example: m /m/ and a /a/ before j /j/, y /y/For example: single consonants and short vowelsFor example: a /a/, s /s/, m /m/, t /t/, I /i/, f /f/Continuous sounds at beginning and middle stop, sounds at end /m/ /a/ /t/. See Structure of English, Chapter 1, p. 25.For example lower case b and d, m and n.
7 Decoding Regular Words Regular words are words in which each letter represents its most common sound.Approximately 50% of English words are completely regular.Struggling readers need explicit instruction in sounding out words orally and gradually moving to automatic recognition.Blending routines include: sound-by-sound, continuous, whole word, and spelling focused.See the Blending Routines chart on pagesReference Phonics Chapter 6 pages for model.
8 Decodable TextsDecodable text provides opportunities for beginning readers tobuild confidence in reading;apply what they learn in phonics instruction;build automaticity and fluency.Decodable text is controlled text that providesreading practice with phonic elements that have been previously taught;high frequency words and irregular words;story words that may not be phonetically connected.
9 Phonogram Instruction Phonogram or analogy phonics instruction builds on knowledge from systematic, explicit instruction in sound/spelling correspondences.Although never the sole focus of early reading instruction, phonograms (word families) should be part of phonics instruction.Knowing phonograms helps students move from blending individual phonemes to more advanced decoding of chunks of words.Reference: Onset and Rime chart page for review of phonograms.
10 Word WorkWord work helps make the abstract concepts of decoding and encoding more concrete.Word sorting: Students categorize words/pictures according to their phonetic characteristics.Elkonin boxes with letters: Students match letters to sounds in letter boxes to make words.Word building: Words are changed by substituting, inserting, or deleting letters.Dictation: Provides practice writing words that contain patterns taught in phonics lessons with sound-by-sound or whole word methods.See pages 202 and 206 for examples.See page 188 for examples of types of word sorts.See example of Elkonin boxes with letters on page 212.See examples of word building on pages 225 and 234.See examples of dictation on pages 219 and 230.
11 Phonics ResearchSystematic phonics instruction is more effective in teaching children to read than non-systematic phonics or no phonics instruction.Phonics instruction exerts its greatest impact on Kindergarten and first grade.Phonics instruction increases the ability to comprehend text for younger readers and older readers with disabilities.Systematic phonics instruction is effective in preventing reading problems in at-risk students, and it is effective in helping students overcome reading difficulties.
12 When to Assess and Intervene Phonics assessment for beginning readers focuses on the Alphabetic Principle; decoding automaticity is measured in a context-free assessment of rate of single word reading.Beginning readers, non-readers, or very weak readers need intervention in basic phonics and phonemic awareness.Older struggling readers need instruction assessment in word attack skills; assessment data is crucial to identify their skill gaps.Assessment and intervention for older readers should go beyond simple phonics.Phonics assessment includes screening, progress monitoring and diagnostics.Initial assessment begins with letter/spelling correspondences and moves gradually to decoding (e.g. CVC words).Nonsense word assessment is effective for beginning readers, since they must rely on phonemic decoding rather than memorization to identify the word. (See page 195 for examples of phonics assessments.)