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Newsletter: Reading Comprehension

Comprehension is the ability to make meaning. It is much more than a collection of skills and strategies that students apply to text. It requires metacognitive skills, vocabulary, background knowledge, and verbal reasoning ability. Literacy How Newsletter - June...

Newsletter: Vocabulary

Vocabulary refers to the body of words and their meanings that students must understand to comprehend text. Vocabulary knowledge is one of the strongest predictors of reading comprehension.  Newsletter- Vocabulary

Newsletter: Morphology

Morphology is the study of meaningful units of language, called morphemes, and how they are combined in forming words. Read our newsletter here Newsletter: Morphology

Newsletter: Syntax

Syntax, a linguist’s word for sentence structures, is the rule system that governs how words and phrases are arranged into clauses and sentences. Grammar, though related, is not the same as syntax. It has to do with the function (i.e., role) of words and phrases in a...

Newsletter: Fluency

This month, our newsletter will explore Fluency. We view fluency as essential to all aspects of literacy development. Fluent (i.e., automatic) performances in both discrete and complex literacy tasks are the mark of proficient readers and writers. Read Newsletter...

Newsletter: Spelling

Last month's newsletter focused on Phonics and this month we will dive more deeply into Spelling. Spelling, also referred to as encoding, is reciprocal to decoding. Spelling turns speech into writing (i.e., speech-to-print). In order to spell, we must first hear the...

Newsletter: Phonics

Our newsletter this month covers Phonics. Phonics is the study and use of sound/spelling correspondences and syllable patterns to help students read (decode) and spell (encode). Phonics is the ability to link spoken sounds to the letter or letter combinations that...

Newsletter: Phonemic Awareness

This month we focus on Phonemic Awareness – the understanding of, and the ability to manipulate the individual sounds (called phonemes) in spoken words. Phonemic awareness is essential to the development of word recognition and ultimately automatic word reading. Read...

Newsletter: The Literacy How Model

Over the next few editions of our newsletter, we will share some of the research and tools we know will be helpful to teachers through the school year.  We begin by sharing: The Literacy How Reading Wheel Read Newsletter Here

Background Knowledge is Essential for Comprehension

In this issue, we focus on background knowledge, the second big idea about comprehension instruction in our book “Comprehension: Knowledge to Practice.” Thanks to the popular work of Natalie Wexler and Daniel Willingham, there is widespread recognition that knowledge helps readers take in new information, think about it, and retain it.

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SOR for Administrators

The Literacy How Professional Learning Series:  What Every administrator needs to know about the science of reading   This free webinar with Literacy How president, Margie Gillis, and Mentor, Wendy North will explain why every administrator needs to have a...