The Theory and The Research
The Why Underlying the How
Lauren Marple, ECED 321
- Readers look at virtually all of the words and almost all of the letters in those words
- Readers usually recode printed words into sound
- Readers recognize most words immediately and automatically without context
- Readers accurately and quickly pronounce infrequent, phonetically regular words
- Readers use spelling patterns and analogy to decode words
- Readers divide big words as they see them based on interletter frequencies
When a person reads, the brain searches for patterns. Cunningham found that word families are useful, but only for one or two syllable words. Family literacy is also important for reading success.
After reading this article and completing the course, I feel much more confident in teaching new readers. At first, I felt like I would be flying blind, but now I have so many tools in my "teaching toolbox" that I will be able to implement in order to see success in my students.