Making Sense of Phonics, First Edition The Hows and Whys

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-11-30
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press
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From bestselling author Isabel L. Beck--an experienced educator who knows what works--this concise volume provides a wealth of practical ideas for building children's decoding skills by teaching letter-sound relationships, blending, word building, and multisyllable words. Straightforward and accessible, the strategies presented for explicit, systematic phonics instruction are ideal for use in primary-grade classrooms or with older students who are having difficulties. Many specific examples bring the instructional procedures to life while elucidating their underlying rationale; appendices include reproducible curriculum materials.

Author Biography

Isabel L. Beck, PhD, is Professor of Education in the School of Education and Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, both at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was a public school teacher before starting her career at the university, where she teaches reading education courses and conducts research. Dr. Beck’s work has been acknowledged by awards from the International Reading Association, the National Reading Conference, and the American Federation of Teachers

Table of Contents

Prologue 1(12)
The Alphabetic Principle and Phonics
Letter--Sound Instruction
Word Building
Multisyllabic Words
Epilogue 77(6)
Appendix A CVC Pattern 83(14)
Appendix B Long Vowels of the CVCe Pattern 97(6)
Appendix C Long-Vowel Digraph Patterns 103(6)
Appendix D Controlled Digraph Patterns 109

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