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.

Essential Strategies for Teaching Phonics
Essential strategies for teaching phonics

For several decades now, educators have debated the method for teaching young readers how to “break the code.” This chapter presents the research on best practices for teaching phonics as well as the strategies for independent learning.

A Brief Overview of Phonics

The ultimate goal of reading instruction is that the reader attains fluency and comprehends text. Educators have hotly debated the best method for attaining such a goal throughout the history of public schooling in America (Chall, 1987). The National Reading Panel (2000) entered the fray with their finding that research indicated that systematic, explicit instruction was the defining factor for “breaking the code,” rather than any specific method.

Systematic, explicit instruction in letter-sound relationships defines best practices ...

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