Updated Theory of Reading

I used to think that Reading and Spelling was largely based on visual memory. Yes, you needed to know the graphemes and phonemes but the goal was to synthesize that information quickly to aid quick visual word identification or spelling. Now I believe (after keeping current with research/theories of Dr. Peter Bowers and Dr. Linnea […]

Explaining the “Why?” of Spelling

I just listened to a Reading League podcast with Dr. David Kilpatrick. Dr. Kilpatrick has helped translate Dr. Linnea Ehri’s excellent research on orthographic mapping, which is the process of automatic word recognition, into classroom practice. He has written two great books, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, and Equipped for Reading Success. […]

Map Tricky Phonemes to Graphemes with a Listening Activity!

Help students at the “Partial Alphabetic” phase (Ehri, 1995) to map phonemes to graphemes by asking them to listen for words that represent a particular phoneme like /iː/ as in <eat> ( first give them time to feel the phoneme in their mouth and look in a mirror as they articulate the sound) as you […]

The Science of Reading Instruction: Is My Word Reading Instruction Aligned with the Latest Research?

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 By Mona Voelkel, NBCT After reading, “The Science of Learning to Read Words: A Case for Systematic Phonics Instruction” by Linnea Ehri (Reading Research Quarterly, Volume 55(1); 30 August 20): https://ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rrq.334 , I wanted to compare my Structured Word Inquiry instructional approach with current research. (Underpinning all my reading instruction is that decoding and encoding […]

MTV Series: “What’s Going on in this Picture?

A Thinking Routine adapted from Ron Ritchard’s book, Making Thinking Visible and the New York Times’ weekly feature, “What’s Going on in this Picture?” Courtesy of Library of Congress A Thinking Routine that strengthens inferential thinking, observation skills, develops vocabulary and increases a sense of global connection. What’s Going on in This Picture Image Set […]

SWI: debate

Structured Word Inquiry (Bowers, 2010) helps students deeply understand our orthographic system. Using investigations, students learn why words are spelled the way they as they explore the history, structure and pronunciation of words. It is also intellectually absorbing. Please explore this investigation of <debate> and share your new understandings or connections: Mini-Matrix Maker by Neil […]