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Self-Paced Phonics A Text for Educators

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Self-Paced Phonics: A Text for Educators,Fifth Edition, is the ideal resource for pre-service and in-service teachers to get practical instruction that helps them develop a sound understanding of both the content and pedagogy of phonics. More than a tutorial in phonics, this self-regulating, self-monitoring resource covers both the content and pedagogy of phonics. Designed for use with a minimum of instruction, at the reader's own pace, the book is particularly teacher-friendly and immediately applicable to Web-based instructional models.

Author Biography

Dr. Roger S. Dow is Director of the Reading Clinic and the Graduate Reading Program at Frostburg State University where he has taught for over 30 years. Prior to coming to Frostburg, Dr. Dow received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in reading and in psychology. He is an active member of the International Reading Association, with varied interests in linguistics and foreign languages as they relate to English.


Dr. G. Thomas Baer is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University where he has taught for over 35 years. During his tenure, he has served as Elementary Education Coordinator, Department Chair, and instructor of elementary education courses specializing in reading instruction.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

Chapter 1: Practice


2. Phonics Pretest



Multiple Choice

Chapter 2: Practice

Cumulative Review: Chapters 1-2


3.  Phonics Vocabulary and Phonemes



      Consonant Phonemes-Pronunciation Key

      Vowel-Phonemes-Pronunciation Key

Chapter 3: Practice

Cumulative Review: Chapters 1 to 3


4. Emergent Literacy and Phonics

Oral Language

Phoneme Awareness

Letter Names



Visual Discrimination

      Visual Discrimination Exercises

Auditory Discrimination

      Auditory Awareness Exercises

      Auditory Discrimination Exercises

Chapter 4: Practice

Cumulative Review: Chapter 1 to 4


5. Phonic Generalizations

Consonant Generalizations

Vowel Generalizations

Chapter 5: Practice

Cumulative Review Chapters 1 to 5


6. Teaching Consonants and Vowels


      Single Consonants

      Consonant Blends (Clusters)

      Consonant Digraphs


      Short-Long Vowel Sounds

      Vowel Digraphs

      R-Controlled Vowels


      Teaching Vowels Through Phonograms

Chapter 6: Practice

Cumulative Review: Chapters 1 to 6


7.  Syllabication and Accenting

Chapter 7: Practice

Cumulative Review: Chapters 1 to 7


8. Diagnostic Teaching

General Principles of Diagnosis

Procedures for Diagnosing Phonics Skills


Informal Reading Inventory

Phonemic Awareness

Letter Names

Consonant Sounds

Vowel Sounds


Chapter 8: Practice

Cumulative Review: Chapters 1 to 8


9. Phonics Post-Test

Fill in the Blanks


Multiple Choice


Appendix: Answer Key




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