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Fresh Look at Phonics, A: Grades K-2

  • Title:A Fresh Look at Phonics, Grades K-2: Common Causes of Failure and 7 Ingredients for Success
  • Author:Wiley Blevins
  • Publication Date:July 2016
  • Grade Level:K-2
  • ISBN:9781506326887
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

In most instances, there isn't one main cause of a systematic breakdown in phonics instruction. Rather, a combination of causes can create a perfect storm of failure.

Picture a class of kindergarteners singing the alphabet song, and teaching phonics seems as easy as one-two, three, A, B, C, right? In A Fresh Look at Phonics, Wiley Blevins explains why it can get tricky, and then delivers a plan so geared for success, that teachers, coaches, and administrators will come to see owning this book as a before and after moment in their professional lives.

In this amazing follow up to his renowned resource Phonics From A-Z, Wiley uses the data he has collected over two decades to share which approaches truly work, which have failed, and how teachers can fine-tune their daily instruction for success.

You will learn to focus on the seven critical ingredients of phonics teaching that produce the greatest student learning gains; readiness skills, scope and sequence, blending, dictation, word awareness, high frequency words, and reading connected texts. Then, for each ingredient, Wiley shares:

  • Activities, routines, word lists, and lessons that develop solid foundations for reading
  • Ideas for differentiation, ELL, and advanced learners to ensure adequate progress for all learners
  • Help on decodable texts, what not to over-do, and what you can’t do enough of for your students’ achievement
  • Interactive “Day Clinic” activities that facilitate teacher self-reflection and school wide professional learning

In a final section, Wiley details the ten common reasons instruction fails and shows teachers how to correct these missteps regarding lesson pacing, transitions, decodable texts, writing activities, assessment and more. A Fresh Look at Phonics is the evidence-based solution you have been seeking.

About the author

Wiley Blevins, Ph.D., is a world-renowned expert on early reading, and author of the seminal book Phonics From A-Zamong many other works. He has taught in both the United States and South America, and regularly trains teachers throughout Asia. He holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, and has worked with numerous educational scholars, including Jeanne Chall, Isabel Beck, Marilyn Adams, Louisa Moats, and Dianne August, and others.

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