Focusing on two interlocking skills--decoding and spelling--this textbook gets teachers ready to
- promote students' print awareness and phonological awareness through letter naming, letter forming, and listening and speaking activities such as poetry and play
- improve students' spelling skills by teaching the origins of English words, Anglo-Saxon base words, Latin affixes and roots, Greek combining forms, and multisyllabic words
- help students understand and correctly use the components of the English language, including common consonant and vowel patterns, syllable patterns, common spelling rules, prefixes and suffixes, roots, nonphonetic words, and contractions
- deepen older students' proficiency with language by introducing less common Latin roots and Greek combining forms, new words entering the English language, and lessons built around themes such as calendars and mythology
To help educators teach with confidence once they're in the classroom, this text is packed with practical, immediately applicable material. Educators will get engaging classroom activities (including 21 NEW activities suitable for use all students, including English language learners); lesson plans incorporating multisensory, language-based instruction; samples of student work; explanations of current research; and even more websites and reference material to strengthen their instruction.
An essential text for college and university courses on reading instruction--and an ideal professional development resource for inservice educators--this new edition of a classic bestseller will help teachers unlock literacy for all their students.