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Comprehension

The dictionary defines comprehension as the capacity of the mind to understand; power of the understanding to receive and contain ideas; capacity of knowing. The verb form of the word, comprehend, means to take in, to take with, to imply, … Continue reading

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Writing

The arts of language really are composed of four actions: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Everything in the Big Five of Literacy, indeed in all English classes on the planet, are some subtopic of one or more of these four … Continue reading

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Skillful Readers

Today’s post was supposed to be about writing, but that’s a huge topic for me and time is short.  Instead, I am going to insert a picture for you to consider.  It’s about everything that goes into being a skilled … Continue reading

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Dysteachia

I learned a new word.  Dysteachia means “confusion in teaching” and the gist of it is that it deals with teaching that is ineffectual.  This could very well be the state of reading instruction in many schools–public, private, and personal–around … Continue reading

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Spelling

Spelling is critical to reading success! Great spellers are nearly always great readers; however, great readers don’t always make great spellers. How can this be? Let’s examine what spelling is. Spelling takes place in an area of the brain quite … Continue reading

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More on Fluency

Reading speed does matter, but it probably doesn’t matter as much as accuracy or comprehension, which are also critical aspects of the umbrella term “fluency.” Even the best readers will slow down their pace when faced with either densely packed … Continue reading

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Big Five of Literacy #5: Fluency

The word fluency is often applied to the speed that readers read. While the speed at which a person reads matters to some extent, fluency encompasses much more, such as intonation and cadence. Fluency has a lot to do with obeying … Continue reading

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Big Five of Literacy #4: Vocabulary

Vocabulary is an interesting part of the Big Five Components for Literacy because it can be considered in multiple ways and can be taught in just as many.  No matter what you think of it or how you teach it, there’s no … Continue reading

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Big Five of Literacy #3: Phonics

Oh boy, this is going to a long post!  (Fair warning) Phonics, in its simplest definition, means a way to teach reading by mapping sounds to letters or combinations of letters in order to decode words. Using this definition, the … Continue reading

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Big Five of Literacy #2: Phonemic Awareness

I’ve already discussed Phonemic Awareness on the blog posts I’ve created this Dyslexia Awareness Month but it’s such a big deal that it’s worth another look. I also already posted the best resource I’ve ever seen for that, but you … Continue reading

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