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Words Their Way: Letter-Name Alphabetic Sorts for Spanish-Speaking English Learners

  • Title:Words Their Way: Letter-Name Alphabetic Sorts for Spanish-Speaking English Learners
  • Author:Lori Helman, Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston
  • Publication Date:June 2008
  • Grade Level:K-3
  • ISBN:9780132421034
  • Publisher:Pearson

Words Their Way ™ Word Study for Letter Name-Alphabetic English Learners: Letter, Picture, and Concept Sorts for Spanish Speakers is a new text providing strategic assistance for teachers working with native Spanish speakers.  Based on the same solid research and using the same scope and sequence laid out in Words Their Way with English Learners, this companion volume begins with a series of picture concept sorts that teach students how to sort, providing guidance to help teachers make sorting meaningful.  The text develops a routine for introducing the English vocabulary, helping students learn the vocabulary before they sort. The words for study are selected based on their phonetic properties as well as their usefulness in reading, speaking and understanding grade level content.  The text addresses the needs of the letter name-alphabetic speller, whether young or not so young.  The text is careful to include sorts more appropriate for older learners, as well as advanced EL students needing more concept and vocabulary support.

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Author Bio

Donald Bear is director of the E. L. Cord Foundation Center for Learning and Literacy where he and preservice, Master’s and doctoral students teach and assess children who struggle to learn to read and write. Donald is a professor in the Department of Educational Specialties in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. Donald has been a classroom teacher. He researches and writes about literacy development and instruction.

Marcia Invernizzi is a professor of reading education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Marcia is also the director of the McGuffey Reading Center, where she teaches the clinical practica in reading diagnosis and remedial reading. Formerly English and reading teacher, she works with Book Buddies, Virginia's Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI), and Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS).

Shane Templeton is Foundation Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is Program Coordinator for Literacy Studies. A former elementary and secondary teacher, his research focuses on the development of orthographic knowledge. He has written several books on the teaching and learning of reading and language arts and is a member of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary.

Francine Johnston is a former first grade teacher and reading specialist who learned about word study during her graduate work at the University of Virginia. She is now an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature. Francine frequently works with regional school systems as a consultant and researcher. Her research interests include current spelling practices and materials as well as the relationship between spelling and reading achievement.

Lori Helman is associate professor in literacy education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Her research and writing have focused extensively on the reading and spelling development of students learning English as a new language, including other Words Their Way instructional materials for English learners.

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