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Teaching Reading: K-2 Workshop

Before You Watch | Word Study and Fluency

Video Summary

┬áThe video for this session examines word study and explicit fluency instruction in the primary grades. Dr. Jeanne R. Paratore’s lecture reviews the four foundational elements of emergent literacy, the principles of phonics instruction, and the development of accuracy and fluency. The workshop participants then watch a set of classroom excerpts that illustrate Dr. Paratore’s lecture. In the final activity, workshop participants analyze a phonics lesson in terms of the research presented in her lecture. The ensuing discussion highlights the controversies around effective phonics instruction.

Session Preparation

Materials Needed for This Session

Several books with good rimes you use with your students.

Throughout this session, questions are posed to guide you through the topic. If you are working in a group discuss your responses; if you are working alone reflect on them in your journal.

To prepare for the workshop session you will tap your prior knowledge, read two articles on word study and fluency, and review important terms.

What do you already know?
Print and complete the Word Study Concept Chart (PDF)

Assignment: Save your Word Study Chart to revise at the end of the session.

Read this article:

How To Teach Phonics Part: 1 | 2 | 3 (PDF)
Cunningham, P. M., and J. W. Cunningham. “What We Know About How To Teach Phonics.” In Farstrup, S. E., and S. J. Samuels eds. What Research Has To Say About Reading Instruction, 87-109. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association, 2000.

Review these important terms:

Emergent literacy
Explicit instruction
Opportunistic instruction
Phonemic awareness
Sight vocabulary

Revise your chart
Return to your Word Study Concept Chart. Add any new thoughts, ideas, or questions based on the reading and review of important terms.

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Teaching Reading: K-2 Workshop


Produced by WGBH Educational Foundation. 2003.
  • ISBN: 1-57680-681-2