Sponsored by The Reading Institute
Snow Date: March 12
What is Keys to Beginning Reading?
The Keys to Beginning Reading professional development course provides the background knowledge needed to teach all the components of beginning reading instruction. The full course totals 31.5 hours, organized into nine modules ranging in length from 1.5 to 7.5 hours each. Modules 1, 3 and 4 will be covered on March 10-11.
The instructional practices are designed to easily transfer to classroom lessons and can be integrated with any reading curriculum or program.
Who should participate:
Grades K-3 classroom teachers, K-6 intervention educators who work with struggling readers, reading specialists or coaches, and administrators who are responsible for literacy curriculum.
The author, Joan Sedita, developed this Keys to Literacy course based on the science of reading and decades of experience providing reading professional development in schools. The course modules provide the background knowledge needed to teach all the components of beginning reading instruction. The instructional practices are designed to easily transfer to classroom lessons and can be integrated with any reading curriculum or published reading program, and is aligned with state literacy standards.
Module 1 Reading Basics (1.5 hours)
Module 1 covers the five components of reading identified by the National Reading Panel and the Simple View of Reading, the stages of reading development, language components that are tied to reading (e.g., phonology, orthography, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse), and basic principles for teaching reading.
Module 3 Phonological Awareness (3 hours)
Module 3 explains and provides instructional suggestions for these levels of phonological awareness: word awareness, syllable awareness, alliteration, onset/rime and rhyme awareness. Instructional suggestions for teaching phonemic awareness are also provided, including suggestions for blending, segmenting, and manipulating phonemes (sounds) in words. Informal assessment for phonological awareness is also addressed.
Module 4 Phonics (7.5 hours)
Module 4 covers topics related to phonics instruction across grades K-3. The module begins with the connection between phonological awareness and learning the alphabetic principle, i.e., how print maps to speech. Guidelines for effective phonics instruction are provided, including a suggested scope and sequence for explicit and systematic phonics instruction. Instructional suggestions begin with early kindergarten and grade 1 phonics skills such as letter recognition/naming and letter-sound correspondences, and then blending and segmenting to read and spell words. Advanced phonics concepts that are introduced in grades 2 and 3 are addressed, including syllable types, syllabication and structural analysis to decode longer words, the concept of schwa, and word parts including roots, prefixes and suffixes (morphology).