Author(s): Gay Su Pinnell
This work presents information on designing and implementing a high-quality, systematic literacy programme to help children learn about letters, sounds and words. The central goal is to teach children to become "word solvers": readers who can take words apart while reading for meaning, and writers who can construct words while writing to communicate. "Word Matters" presents the theoretical underpinnings and practical wherewithall of word study in three contexts: word study that includes systematically planned and applied experiences focusing on the elements of letters and words; writing, including how children use phoneme-grapheme relationships, word patterns and principles to develop spelling ability; and reading, including teaching children how to solve words with the use of phonics and visual-analysis skills as they read for meaning. Each topic is supported with a variety of practical tools: reproducible sheets for a word study system, and for writing workshop; lists of spelling mini-lessons; and extensive word lists, including frequently used words, antonyms, synonyms and more. These tools are designed to so that teachers can help students develop not just the "essential skils", but also a joyful appreciation of their own literacy.
Part 1 A Quality Literacy Programme - Supporting Young Word Solvers: Eight Principles of Literacy Learning; Designing a Quality Literacy Programme; Becoming a Word Solver; A Dynamic Classroom Environment for Word Solving; Interactive Word Walls and Charts. Part 2 Understanding Language and Words: What Teachers Need to Know About Language; Building on Early Learning; What's In a Word? Phonological and Orthographic Awareness. Part 3 Word Study - Investigating Letters and Words: What Children Need to Know About Letters and Words; Assessing What Children Know; Word-Solving Strategies - Organize to Teach; Teaching for Print and Sound Knowledge; Word Explorers - Teaching for Strategies That Promote Active Inquiry; A Comprehensive Word Study System. Part 4 Inside Reading and Writing - Learning About Letters and Words: Interactive Writing - Developing Word-Solving Strategies; The Writing Workshop - Support for Word Learning, Mary Ellen Giacobbe; Reading Instruction - Systematic Observation and Teaching for Word Solving; Guided Reading - Powerful Teaching for Word Solving. Part 5 Thinking Comprehensively About Word Matters: Establishing Benchmarks for Progress; Thinking Comprehensively About Word Solving.