How to Knock Down Five Straw Man Arguments Against Phonics

Recently, The Washington Post revealed an article concerning the newest hostilities within the “reading wars.” I seen it as a result of the columnist, Jay Matthews, quoted from this weblog. The column did a great job of surfacing the disagreements, however what actually caught my eye was the feedback part. More than 50 readers had weighed in — defending phonics or attempting to clothesline it. As a longtime phonics advocate, I used to be particularly delicate to the illogical arguments towards decoding instruction. They had been largely the identical arguments I’ve…

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How to Knock Down Five Straw Man Arguments Against Phonics

Recently, The Washington Post revealed an article in regards to the newest hostilities within the “reading wars.” I observed it as a result of the columnist, Jay Matthews, quoted from this weblog. The column did a very good job of surfacing the disagreements, however what actually caught my eye was the feedback part. More than 50 readers had weighed in — defending phonics or attempting to clothesline it. As a longtime phonics advocate, I used to be particularly delicate to the illogical arguments in opposition to decoding instruction. They have been…

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Did Reading First Reveal Phonics Instruction to be Futile?

Teacher Question: I’m a giant phonics promoter. Recently, somebody challenged me saying that the truth that Reading First didn’t work reveals that emphasizing phonics is a nasty concept. Can you assist? Shanahan’s response: In 2001, the President and the U.S. Congress agreed on the creation of a $5 billion program to improve studying instruction Ok-Three in particularly low performing Title I faculties. That program was known as Reading First. Every state obtained a portion of the funds primarily based on their poverty statistics and there was an inventory of faculties and…

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Did Reading First Reveal Phonics Instruction to be Futile?

Teacher Question: I’m an enormous phonics promoter. Recently, somebody challenged me saying that the truth that Reading First didn’t work exhibits that emphasizing phonics is a nasty concept. Can you assist? Shanahan’s response: In 2001, the President and the U.S. Congress agreed on the creation of a $5 billion program to improve studying instruction Okay-Three in particularly low performing Title I colleges. That program was known as Reading First. Every state bought a portion of the funds based mostly on their poverty statistics and there was an inventory of colleges and…

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How Decodable Do Decodable Texts Need to Be?: What We Teach When We Teach Phonics

Teacher query: I do know phonics needs to be taught explicitly and we’ve got appeared by means of a number of sources to decide the patterns to train in first grade. I’ve been pouring by means of leveled texts and have discovered a excessive focus of blends, digraphs, lengthy vowel/silent ‘e’, and predictable vowel groups in textual content as little as ranges Four and 6. We are usually not instructing these patterns till nicely into the yr, however anticipate our incoming first graders to learn Level 3/4.  We are often…

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How Decodable Do Decodable Texts Need to Be?: What We Teach When We Teach Phonics

Teacher query: I do know phonics must be taught explicitly and we’ve appeared by a number of sources to decide the patterns to train in first grade. I’ve been pouring by leveled texts and have discovered a excessive focus of blends, digraphs, lengthy vowel/silent ‘e’, and predictable vowel groups in textual content as little as ranges Four and 6. We aren’t educating these patterns till effectively into the 12 months, however count on our incoming first graders to learn Level 3/4.  We are normally about 10 weeks into the 12…

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The Great American Phonics Instruction Quiz: Part II

Last week, I posed 5 questions as the primary half of the Great American Phonics Quiz. I hope you probably did nicely on these objects that targeted on whether or not college students may study to learn with out phonics, what sort of contribution it makes to studying, whether or not phonics instruction must be systematic, and whether or not analytic or artificial phonics was finest. Here is the second half of the Great American Phonics Quiz. Good luck. 6. Lack of sufficient phonics instruction is probably going the rationale…

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The Great American Phonics Instruction Quiz: Part II

Last week, I posed 5 questions as the primary half of the Great American Phonics Quiz. I hope you probably did properly on these gadgets that centered on whether or not college students might study to learn with out phonics, what sort of contribution it makes to studying, whether or not phonics instruction must be systematic, and whether or not analytic or artificial phonics was finest. Here is the second half of the Great American Phonics Quiz. Good luck. 6. Lack of enough phonics instruction is probably going the rationale…

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The Great American Phonics Instruction Test, Part I

Schools are so tied up with testing nowadays, and this being the season of “monitoring assessments,” perhaps a back-to-school phonics quiz could be a great way to welcome you all again. I was having a lot enjoyable writing these check questions that I thought-about both placing in for a job at ETS or together with a Part II subsequent week … I selected the latter. Let’s see the way you do. The solutions are all research-based!  1. The skill to decode print to speech is a necessary studying talent. True…

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The Great American Phonics Instruction Test, Part I

Schools are so tied up with testing lately, and this being the season of “monitoring assessments,” possibly a back-to-school phonics quiz could be a great way to welcome you all again. I was having a lot enjoyable writing these take a look at questions that I thought-about both placing in for a job at ETS or together with a Part II subsequent week … I selected the latter. Let’s see the way you do. The solutions are all research-based!  1. The capability to decode print to speech is an important…

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