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Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 7: Reflective Word Study
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
Best practices in phonics instruction emphasize active manipulation of word identification skills and metacognition (Taylor & Pearson, 2002). When students think about the letters and sounds in a word, they are processing letter/sound patterns for decoding (Cunningham & Cunningham, 2002). In order to become independent code breakers, students need a toolbox of strategies to use while reading for word identification (Vellutino & Scanlon, 2002).
The purpose of Reflective Word Study is to facilitate students' metacognition while decoding. Reflective Word Study allows students to share their knowledge about letters and sounds in order to develop a habit of strategic reading. As students internalize the process, they are encouraged to implement it during independent reading.