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Systematic and Explicit Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Instruction: Is It Important?

Project Overview

In its review of research literature that focused directly on childrenís reading development from preschool through grade twelve, The National Reading Panel determined that effective reading instruction includes phonemic awareness (teaching children to hear, isolate and manipulate sounds in words) and phonics (teaching children the relationship between the letters of the alphabet and the spoken sounds they represent) as part of an integrated approach to reading instruction.

Through participating in this RWLO pre-service teachers will experience reading, writing, and attention difficulties in order to gain insight and develop an understanding of learning processes. Through firsthand exploration and accompanying information students will gain an understanding of how systematic instruction gives children a tool to use in the process of learning how to read and write and recognize that teacher knowledge and practice leads to higher student achievement.

The National Reading Panelís report of its findings can be accessed at