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Guidelines for Meaningful Phonics Instruction Priscilla L. Griffith University of Oklahoma

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1 Guidelines for Meaningful Phonics Instruction Priscilla L. Griffith University of Oklahoma

2 Myths and Truths about Phonics Instruction Phonics is a solution for all reading problems. MYTH Phonics ignores meaning. MYTH Phonics is synonymous with beginning reading instruction. MYTH

3 Phonics is an approach to word study that focuses on the relationship between spelling patterns and sound patterns. TRUTH

4 Goal of Phonics Instruction Get to the meaning Determine a likely pronunciation Make the leap to a known word that contributes to the meaning of the passage being read

5 Examples The case of “what.” The case of “compass.”

6 Achieving the Goal: When? By the end of Grade 2 most children will have sufficient knowledge of letter- sound relationships. Beyond Grade 2 instruction focuses more on how the spelling of a word reveals its meaning.

7 “Stretching phonics instruction out too long, or spending time on teaching the arcane aspects of phonics – the schwa, the silent K, assigning accent to polysyllabic words – is at best a waste of time.” (Stahl, 1992)

8 -ed: /t/, /d/, /id/ I like to play Chutes and Ladders. Yesterday I played Chutes and Ladders with my friend. play played

9 Achieving the Goal: How Much? According to Stahl (1992), phonics instruction should take up no more than 25% (and possibly less) of the total reading instruction time in the classroom. The majority of classroom reading instruction should focus on reading connected text.

10 Achieving the Goal: What? Developing the alphabetic principle – understanding the relationship between spoken and written language (The case of “ox.”) Letters Sounds Intent Data

11 Expanding meaning vocabulary Understanding the goal of reading Focusing on patterns Common spelling patterns (e.g., CVC, CVCe) Common spellings across words (e.g., 500 words can be generated from 37 rimes) Writing

12 Phases of Word Learning Ehri, 1994; Ehri & McCormick, 2004 Pre-alphabetic Partial-alphabetic Full-alphabetic Orthographic Automatic


14 Meaningful Phonics Instruction Pre-Alphabetic Beginning readers select non-phonemic visual characteristics to remember words. Writing includes mock letters and random letters with no relation to sound structure of the word.

15 Teacher read-alouds from texts that play with language through rhyme, alliteration, or assonance. Discuss word meanings. Alphabet books Language experience Shared reading with enlarged text to model print concepts.

16 Shared writing in which teacher models the alphabetic principle Opportunities to incorporate writing while visiting centers Writing using invented spelling

17 Meaningful Phonics Instruction Partial-Alphabetic Beginning readers use some letters and context to guess the identity of unfamiliar words. Vowel sounds are rarely represented in invented spellings.

18 Continue pre-alphabetic practices. Shared reading from patterned texts. Print studies of patterned texts. Begin explicit instruction in letter-sound correspondences. Use Elkonin boxes to examine spellings of known words.

19 Rubberband words. Manipulate the onset of common rimes (e.g., bat/hat/cat/fat/rat). Teach mnemonics to help with reversals of visually similar letters. Introduce interactive writing during which the teacher and student share the pen. Sort pictures by initial or final sounds.

20 Meaningful Phonics Instruction Full-alphabetic The beginning reader has a working knowledge of letter-sound correspondences that enables him/her to decode many unfamiliar words. Vowel sounds are represented in invented spellings.

21 Continue teacher read-alouds; shared and interactive writing; explicit instruction in letter-sound correspondences; and discussions of word meanings. Provide instruction in orthographic patterns, e.g., CVC, CVCe Sort words by focusing on common spellings across words.

22 Sort word families by sound: bat/bet Manipulate letters and read newly formed words: bat/bet/bit or bat/bad/back Making words activities. Introduce common inflectional endings: -s, - ed, -ing Much practice reading connected text at independent and instructional levels.

23 Meaningful Phonics Instruction Orthographic The reader uses multi-level units to read words.

24 Continue word sorts. Study affixes and common roots. Continue reading connected text at independent and instructional levels.

25 Phonics interacts with knowledge of word meanings and context to help readers get to meaning.

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