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The Wonder of Word Study

Lessons and Activities to Create Independent Readers, Writers, and Spellers

By Lauren Berman Lucht
Foreword by Shelley Harwayne

Whether you already do word-study instruction or you are just getting started, Lauren has put everything you need at your fingertips, sharing lessons; transcripts of important teaching moments; and ideas for planning, scheduling, and assessment.

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    Reading Lauren's The Wonder of Word Study reminded me of . . . visits to her early childhood classroom, only this visit lasted a long time and was filled with a master teacher's articulate explanation of her practice.
    —Shelley Harwayne, Founding Principal, The Manhattan New School
There's more to reading than merely identifying words on a page. To achieve fluency, emerging readers must analyze, decode, and reconstruct new words in predictable ways. That's where word study comes in, and in The Wonder of Word Study, you'll find out how to make the task fun while you develop independence in your students. Full of reproducibles, example lessons, and hands-on activities, and brimming with great ideas, The Wonder of Word Study is easy to understand—and even easier to use. Lauren Berman Lucht has put everything you need at your fingertips, sharing lessons; transcripts of important teaching moments; and ideas for planning, scheduling, and assessment. She also includes numerous classroom-tested tools for teaching and learning about words that have engaged her students and that support a love of diction in early elementary students. The Wonder of Word Study will help you teach phonics and spelling skills without resorting to stodgy, skill-and-drill routines. Best yet, the techniques in The Wonder of Word Study will give your students the sound basis they need to go beyond fluency into comprehension and independent reading.

Whether you already do word-study instruction or you are just getting started, The Wonder of Word Study will make a difference in your reading, writing, and spelling instruction. And with its teacher-friendly ideas and student-friendly applications, this book will not only be your favorite, but your students' as well.

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