Student Instructions

Go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/reading.html and do the "Experience Firsthand" interactive activities for Decoding, Memory Activity, and Reading Video. Then read more about the "Basics," "Difficulties," and "Responses." Click on "Attention" window and try the "Experience Firsthand" Visual and Auditory activities.

When you have completed the interactive activities and read the information, respond to the following questions:

  1. What insight did the interactive experience give you regarding learning difficulties?
  2. What are some suggestions and intervention strategies that were given for reading difficulties?

Go to http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/explore/phonemic.html and read The Partnership for Reading: Bringing Scientific Evidence to Learning report on phonemic awareness instruction.

Respond to the following questions:

  1. How does research support phonemic awareness instruction?
  2. Is there any relationship to suggestions and intervention strategies explored on the PBS website?

Go to http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/explore/phonics and read the report on phonics instruction.

Respond to the following questions:

  1. How does research support systematic and explicit instruction?
  2. Is there a relationship between phonics instruction and children’s reading development?

Reflect on your thoughts about phonemic awareness and phonics instruction discussed at the beginning of the session. Have you gained a greater understanding or found support for increasing your knowledge about the role of phonemic awareness and phonics instruction in teaching reading?

After our class discussion of this internet experience, write a one-page response to the following questions: Is systematic and explicit phonemic awareness and phonics instruction an important part of reading instruction? Why?