Research has shown conclusively that children's phonological awareness (their ability to detect sounds in speech in order to learn sound-letter relations) is one of the best predictors of their success in learning to read. This professional development guide is designed to introduce audiences to: (a) phonological awareness and its importance to reading success; (b) activities that foster phonological awareness; and (c) approaches to monitoring children's progress in phonological awareness.
The guide contains four sections of materials:
An earlier version of this guide, Phonological Awareness: Principles for Instruction and Progress Monitoring, was produced in 2000. It contains general adaptations (i.e., instructional design, instruction and curricula, behavioral support) and specific adaptations (e.g., teaching students with learning disabilities to blend phonemes into words) that will benefit struggling readers and writers, including students with disabilities. It was developed in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency Division of Special Education.
Special Education/Learning Disabilities
General Education Classroom Teacher
Special Education Teacher
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