Reading First in Virginia: Phonics | Bibliography

pix Bear, D.R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S., & Johnston, F. (2004). Words their way: Word study for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

The third edition of Words Their Way outlines word study for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction. The suggested activities can be used in combination with basal series and literacy programs already set in place. Activities and strategies are geared towards differentiated small groups and individualized instruction. This edition includes ELL teaching notes throughout the chapters, and a Words Their Way CD-Rom of word sorts and games. The back of the book provides reproducible templates for games, assessment sheets, and picture sorts. Also included are word lists, sorted by spelling stage and feature.
pix Blevins, W. (1998). Phonics from A to Z: A practical guide. New York: Scholastic Professional Books.

Written for K-3 teachers, this book includes practical strategies and lessons on phonics instruction. More than 100 activities facilitate phonemic awareness, alphabet recognition, and understanding of phonics. Teachers will gain a broader sense of how phonics instruction fits into a literature-rich classroom. Recent research findings highlight the importance of phonics instruction. From the book, students will develop skills in word-attack, compound words, prefixes, suffixes, homophones, and syllable division. Common reading roadblocks are explained, and the authors provide lists of picture books to reinforce phonics skills. Word lists and games are ready to apply to early elementary classrooms.
pix Ganske, K. (2000). Word journeys: Assessment-guided phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction. New York: The Guilford Press.

Offering a practical approach to assessing children's spelling and word knowledge abilities, Word Journeys details effective and appropriate instruction for students at all developmental stages. This book includes the Developmental Spelling Analysis, a dictated word inventory that allows teachers to evaluate students’ stages of spelling and word knowledge development. Hands-on word study is tailored to students’ specific strengths and weaknesses, and the instructional techniques are validated and field-tested. The appendices provide reproducible forms, and a list of over 12,000 words arranged by sound, pattern, and meaning-related features.
pix Strickland, D.S. (1998). Teaching phonics today: A primer for educators. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

This book informs educators about how to use phonics as a tool for understanding and using written language with a balanced program for reading and writing. Phonics strategies to support beginning readers and writers are provided, along with curriculum frameworks for elementary classrooms. More of a research text than actual classroom strategies, teachers will benefit from understanding the history and surrounding controversy around phonics instruction, as well as how students benefit from phonics as a central component for reading development.