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The Comprehension Continuum

Comprehension moves from the basic recall of information through to making inferences and finally making evaluative judgements.  Each of these types of comprehension have a place to play in our understanding of the text.  However, many comprehension activities don’t move past basic literal comprehension questions where the answer can be found simply by looking back […]

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Letter Sounds Matter

Which is more important – knowing the name of letters or knowing the sound of the letters? The importance of knowing letter names versus letter sounds in early literacy development has long been debated. Similarly, should we be teaching letter sounds first and then letter names or is the reverse order of more benefit, or […]

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What do we Know about Fluency in 2020?

  There is no doubt that being able to read with fluency is an important component of reading. Hasbrouck (2020) provides a succinct overview of the information contained in the National Reading Panel report, published 20 years ago, and assesses it in light of current research. Defining Fluency The National Reading Panel report defined fluency […]

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Spell Checker

An Owed to the Spelling Checker

      by Jerry Zar Northwestern Illinois University I have a spelling checker. It came with my PC. It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks eye can knot sea. Eye ran this poem threw it, Your sure reel glad two no, Its very polished in it’s weigh My checker tolled me sew. […]

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Explicit Instruction

For a substantial period of time the preferred method of instruction has been focused on enquiry learning and direct, explicit instruction has been viewed negatively.  Yet, there is a large body of research demonstrating the benefits of direct, explicit instruction for students struggling with reading.  Two large international studies provide further support for this teaching […]

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