EDC424 Class Notes (page 2)


Storybook Reading and Text Talk -- March 3, 2011



Developing Literacy Lesson Plans -- March 8, 2011


Sight Word Recognition and Fluency -- March 3, 2011



Spelling Development -- March 15, 2011


Spelling Assessment and Grouping for Instruction -- March 17, 2011


A Great Way to Review What We've Learned So Far!
  • Reading Rockets First Year Teacher: Explore the sequence of lessons, videos, and assessments available to help you review important aspects of early reading development including print awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and systematic & explicit phonics instruction.
  • Tompkins Website for 4th Edition - Helps with the 5th Edition too (just match up Chapter Titles rather than Chapter Numbers): Select the chapter number from the top menu bar, then explore "Self-Assesment", "Praxis Practice" or "Field Activities Essay" for sample quizzes in three different formats.
  • Topics to review for Quiz #2
    • Phonics Patterns (short and long vowels, open and closed syllables, examples of each)
    • Development stages of reading and spelling and examples of spelling patterns in each stage
    • Word Sorting Basics
    • Types of guided reading instruction and levels of scaffolding
    • How many phonemes are in words and levels of phonological awareness


Reading Fluency -- March 29, 2011


Grouping for Instruction: Phases of Reading Instruction -- March 31, 2011


Word Study Demonstrations (Coming up the first week of April)



Running Records -- April 14 and April 19, 2011



Book Leveling Systems and Databases for Your Classroom -- April 5, 2011




Setting Up A Literacy Learning Environment -- Literacy Centers-- April 7, 2011



Vocabulary Instruction for Early Literacy Learners -- April 14, 2011



Vocabulary Games and Activities -- April 14, 2011



Organizing for Literacy Instruction -- April 28, 2011
  • To read for homework: Flood, J., Lapp, S. & Nagel, G. (1992). Am I allowed to group? Using flexible grouping patterns for effective instruction. The Reading Teacher, 45(8), 608-616.


Topics for Quiz #3 -- April 26, 2011
  • Reading Fluency: Reading Guide #2, Powerpoint slides, and Griffith & Rasinski (2004) article on instructional practices to increase fluency
  • Types of word sorts: closed sort, open sort, sound sort, blind sort
  • Grouping for instruction: Read-aloud and text-talk, shared reading and writing; interactive reading and writing; guided reading; independent reading and writing; comprehension and response (purpose and characteristics of each part of reading instruction)
  • Book Leveling Systems and Features of leveled books in Grades K-3
  • Important ideas about literacy centers in Grades K-3
  • How many phonemes are in particular words?


Study Topics for Final EDC424
  • Stages and Characteristics for Readers and Spellers
  • Differences and similarities between Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, and Phonics
  • Phonological Awareness: Know all the levels and the grid of related activities (which is developmentally least and most difficult) (word awareness, rhyme awareness, alliteration, onset-rime awareness, phoneme segmentation, phoneme blending, phoneme segmentation)
  • Key Phonics Terms and Common Spelling Patterns in Syllables
    • Differentiate between and give examples of phonemes, graphemes, consonant blends, vowel digraphs, and vowel dipthongs
  • Differentiate between literal and inferential comprehension questions
  • Given a text, select appropriate vocabulary words, develop levels of questions, locate different levels of words (link to Reading Guide 3 and Beck & McKeown article with Tier 1, 2, and 3 words and vocabulary activity ideas)
  • Differentiate between texts that are decodable, predictable, natural language, and sight word
  • Spelling errors that reflect certain developmental stages and how you would address what students are good at and what you might teach next
  • Important sections of a lesson plan and the purpose of each section
  • Running Records: Calculate reading rate and accuracy, complete miscue analysis, and describe students overall strengths and challenges
  • Instructional activities to develop fluency
  • Examples of effective literacy centers and key points to remember when setting up literacy centers in your room