Rethinking Phonics by Karin Dahl, Patricia R Grogan, Lora Lawson,
Rethinking Phonics
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Rethinking Phonics

Making the Best Teaching Decisions

By Karin Dahl, Patricia R Grogan, Lora Lawson, Patricia L Scharer

Rethinking Phonics reveals six basic principles for effective phonics instruction, explores the vital role of assessment in making instructional decisions, and devotes a chapter on how to help children who struggle with phonics and reading.

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    Dahl and her coauthors have written a book that ends the controversy by focusing attention back into the classroom and with the teachers who make the important instructional decisions.
    —Arizona Reading Journal
"One-size-fits-all phonics lessons," Karin Dahl and her coauthors assert, "may be too big for some students, too short in the sleeves for others." Before children can make sense of phonics study, they first must learn that print conveys meaning. Children who do not have this foundation concept may do phonics workbook pages, but without understanding or processing the concepts.

That's why—unlike books on traditional phonics teaching—Rethinking Phonics emphasizes the making of sound instructional decisions based on the unique needs of individual students. And because children learn many concepts as they read and write each day, it concentrates on phonics-in-context, rather than on traditional, stand-alone phonics. In short, it explains embedded phonics instruction: what it is, how it works, and how to do it.

Since a critical component of phonics instruction is selecting the most appropriate lessons—for whole-group, small-group, or individual settings—Rethinking Phonics presents a variety of proven-effective activities that teachers can use. These activities, along with other examples, come from an in-depth study of highly successful phonics instruction in eight exemplary first-grade classrooms. The classrooms' nine master teachers describe the decisions they made before, during, and after shared reading from big books, charted stories and songs, quality children's literature, writing demonstrations, writing conferences, word study, and project work.

Each chapter provides valuable insight into teachers' decisions to plan phonics instruction based on their students' specific needs, rather than on the old skill-and-drill routines. The book reveals six basic principles for effective phonics instruction, explores the vital role of assessment in making instructional decisions, and devotes a chapter on how to help children who struggle with phonics and reading.

Contents

Contents:
I. Why Rethink Phonics?
1. Six Guiding Principles for Effective Phonics Instruction
2. How Assessment Informs Instruction
3. Help for Children Who Struggle with Phonics
4. Strategies to Develop Phonics Skills
5. Read, Write, and Learn About Letters, Sounds, and Words
II. How to Successfully Teach Phonics
6. Shared Reading for Phonics Success
7. Lovely Literature for Language Learning
8. Writers Workshop for Tailor-Made Phonics Instruction
9. Writing to Share the Pen and Phonics Knowledge
10. Project Work: Learn Phonics While Exploring the World

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