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A Fresh Look at Phonics, Grades K-2
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Section 1: The Key Ingredients for Phonics Success Success Ingredient 1: Readiness Skills Background and Key Characteristics Best Practices and Look-Fors for Success Common Instructional Pitfalls Day Clinic: Examine Your Practices Next Steps to Leap Forward Success Ingredient 2: Scope and Sequence Background and Key Characteristics Best Practices and Look-Fors for Success Common Instructional Pitfalls Day Clinic: Examine Your Practices Next Steps to Leap Forward Success Ingredient 3: Blending Background and Key Characteristics Best Practices and Look-Fors for Success Common Instructional Pitfalls Day Clinic: Examine Your Practices Next Steps to Leap Forward Success Ingredient 4: Dictation Background and Key Characteristics Best Practices and Look-Fors for Success Common Instructional Pitfalls Day Clinic: Examine Your Practices Next Steps to Leap Forward Success Ingredient 5: Word Awareness Activities (Word Building and Word Sorts) Background and Key Characteristics Best Practices and Look-Fors for Success Common Instructional Pitfalls Day Clinic: Examine Your Practices Next Steps to Leap Forward Success Ingredient 6: High-Frequency Words Background and Key Characteristics Best Practices and Look-Fors for Success Common Instructional Pitfalls Day Clinic: Examine Your Practices Next Steps to Leap Forward Success Ingredient 7: Reading Connected Text Background and Key Characteristics Best Practices and Look-Fors for Success Common Instructional Pitfalls Day Clinic: Examine Your Practices Next Steps to Leap Forward Plus One More Essential Success Ingredient: You! Section 2: 10 Common Causes of Phonics Instruction Failure Introduction Reason 1: Inadequate or Nonexistent Review and Repetition The Problem How to Fix It Reason 2: Lack of Application to Real Reading and Writing Experiences The Problem How to Fix It Reason 3: Inappropriate Reading Materials to Practice Skills The Problem How to Fix It Reason 4: Ineffective Use of the Gradual Release Model The Problem How to Fix It Reason 5: Too Much Time Lost During Transitions The Problem How to Fix It Reason 6: Limited Teacher Knowledge of Research-Based Phonics Routines and Linguistics The Problem How to Fix It Reason 7: Inappropriate Pacing of Lessons The Problem How to Fix It Reason 8: No Comprehensive or Cumulative Mastery Assessment Tools The Problem How to Fix It Reason 9: Transitioning to Multisyllabic Words Too Late The Problem How to Fix It Reason 10: Overdoing It (Especially Isolated Skill Work) The Problem How to Fix It Closing Thoughts References

About the Author

Wiley Blevins has taught elementary school in both the United States and South America. A graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has written over 15 books for teachers including Phonics from A to Z, Building Fluency, Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction, and most recently, A Fresh Look at Phonics, (Corwin Literacy 2016). He has authored elementary reading programs, conducted research on topics ranging from fluency to using decodable text, and regularly trains teachers throughout the U.S. and Asia. His current interests include using adaptive technology and working with districts to correct instructional and material deficits. Wiley lives in New York City and also writes children's books.

Reviews

"When Wiley Blevins wrote his first book on teaching phonics 20 years ago I thought that it was one of the most practical approaches to teaching this foundational reading competency. It may seem like a cliche, but Wiley has outdone himself with this book!. In A Fresh Look at Phonics he provides teachers and others interested in effective phonics instruction with a comprehensive and practical guide to making phonics instruction work for all students, all year. Just as the title promises, Wiley provides us with a truly fresh way of thinking about how phonics plays out in classrooms." -- TIMOTHY RASINKSI
"Wiley combines the latest research and his own years of trusted know-how to provide educators with a timely trove of high impact tools they can readily use to deliver world-class phonics instruction. A Fresh Look at Phonics is sure to be another must-have, well-worn classic."
-- JANIEL WAGSTAFF
"I devoured this book! Who would have thought that a book on phonics would be a page-turner? It's quick, practical, and teacher friendly and yet comprehensive enough to be a refresher course for experienced teachers and the needed foundation for teachers new to teaching beginning readers. I can't wait to share this with teachers with whom I work in professional development-they are going to love the clear links to reading, writing, and spelling. My favorite feature? The broad scope and sequence that pairs with guided reading instruction and provides links back to phonics lessons." -- JUDY LYNCH
"Wiley Blevins' fresh take on phonics is a must-read for anyone looking to improve phonics instruction. He boils phonics down into critical ingredients and supports teachers in the ever-important process of reflection. The book gives professional learning communities the tools needed to turn common instructional failures into effective, timeless practices." -- CAROLYN BANUELOS, DANIELLE JAMES, AND ELISE LUND

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