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 6: Phonics in Context
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
Phonics in Context is an instructional strategy that facilitates the development of a strategic approach to word identification (Dahl & Scharer, 2000). As students tackle unknown words, they apply word identification skills to decode. In a process-oriented approach to phonics instruction, students are encouraged to be metacognitive and reflect on how to improve their attempts at word identification (Taylor & Pearson, 2002).
The primary purpose for embedding phonics instruction within context of use is to focus the reading on comprehending the text (Roberts & Meiring, 2006). Phonics in Context is designed for teacher modeling through a read-aloud. However, it can be implemented as a shared reading for further scaffolding and intervention.