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Fresh Look at Phonics, A: Grades K-2

  • Title:A Fresh Look at Phonics, Grades K-2: Common Causes of Failure and 7 Ingredients for Success
  • Author:Wiley Blevins
  • Publication Date:July 2016
  • Grade Level:K-2
  • ISBN:9781506326887
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

In most instances, there isn't one main cause of a systematic breakdown in phonics instruction. Rather, a combination of causes can create a perfect storm of failure.

Picture a class of kindergarteners singing the alphabet song, and teaching phonics seems as easy as one-two, three, A, B, C, right? In A Fresh Look at Phonics, Wiley Blevins explains why it can get tricky, and then delivers a plan so geared for success, that teachers, coaches, and administrators will come to see owning this book as a before and after moment in their professional lives.

In this amazing follow up to his renowned resource Phonics From A-Z, Wiley uses the data he has collected over two decades to share which approaches truly work, which have failed, and how teachers can fine-tune their daily instruction for success.

You will learn to focus on the seven critical ingredients of phonics teaching that produce the greatest student learning gains; readiness skills, scope and sequence, blending, dictation, word awareness, high frequency words, and reading connected texts. Then, for each ingredient, Wiley shares:

  • Activities, routines, word lists, and lessons that develop solid foundations for reading
  • Ideas for differentiation, ELL, and advanced learners to ensure adequate progress for all learners
  • Help on decodable texts, what not to over-do, and what you can’t do enough of for your students’ achievement
  • Interactive “Day Clinic” activities that facilitate teacher self-reflection and school wide professional learning

In a final section, Wiley details the ten common reasons instruction fails and shows teachers how to correct these missteps regarding lesson pacing, transitions, decodable texts, writing activities, assessment and more. A Fresh Look at Phonics is the evidence-based solution you have been seeking.

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Author Bio

Wiley Blevins has taught elementary school in both the United States and South America. A graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has written over 15 books for teachers including Phonics from A to Z, Building Fluency, Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction, and most recently, A Fresh Look at Phonics, (Corwin Literacy 2016). He has authored elementary reading programs, conducted research on topics ranging from fluency to using decodable text, and regularly trains teachers throughout the U.S. and Asia. His current interests include using adaptive technology and working with districts to correct instructional and material deficits. Wiley lives in New York City and also writes children’s books.

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