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of the Southern California Comprehensive Assistance Center
Phonics is a way of teaching reading and spelling that stresses symbol-sound relationships, used especially in beginning instruction.
- To become skillful readers, children must learn how to decode words instantly and effortlessly.
- The role of effective phonics instruction is to help children understand, apply, and learn the alphabetic principle and conventions of written language.
- Students need to be individually assessed so that they can be grouped according to instructional needs. That is the purpose of the current tool.
- Administer 3-5 sections of the inventory or until the child exhibits signs of frustration.
- Place child's name and test date at the top of teacher's copy.
- The use of colored markers/pens will make it easier to measure student growth during the year.
- Circle the items missed by the child. On the additional testing, continue to circle items missed but place a slash mark through newly acquired knowledge from previous testing.
- Place a slash mark and date where test has been stopped. Example, /7-97
- Place students into homogeneous instructional groups, for phonics lessons based on student need.
- Re-evaluate students periodically to measure results of systematic, explicit teaching of phonics.
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