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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of May 14th

posted May 14, 2017, 7:11 PM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated May 14, 2017, 7:12 PM ]

Do Intermediate Students Need Word Study?

I recently worked with a fourth grade teacher in North Carolina on The Next Step Forward Framework. She said that the most enlightening part of the lesson for her was the word study. She expressed how as an intermediate teacher she never felt competent teaching phonics because she was never “taught” how to teach it. With Appendix A (The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, p. 289ff) and the Word Knowledge Inventory (page 324), she felt confident that she could analyze her students’ needs and help fill in the phonics holes for students who are struggling and need intervention. These students needed systematic word study instruction in meaningful and interactive ways. The best part of this story is that the teacher said all her students LOVE WORD STUDY and never want her to skip it. By following the Appendix and the Word Study procedures laid out in Jan’s book, you can teach phonics using the most efficient, effective, and engaging activities.

Written by: Sandra Weaver, Next Steps Guided Reading consultant.