Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction by Marcia K. HenryUnlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction by Marcia K. Henry

Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction

byMarcia K. HenryEditorMarcia Henry

Paperback | July 20, 2010

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The updated second edition ofUnlocking Literacyis here—and now pre- and inservice educators will have the very latest research and practical guidance on teaching good reading and spelling skills. Developed for general and special educators of students from prekindergarten to middle school and beyond, the new edition of this bestselling textbook arms teachers with the most recent developments in reading research and shows them how to apply their knowledge in the classroom to help all students learn.

Focusing on two interlocking skills—decoding and spelling—this textbook gets teachers ready to

  • promote students' print awareness and phonological awarenessthrough letter naming, letter forming, and listening and speaking activities such as poetry and play
  • improve students' spelling skillsby teaching the origins of English words, Anglo-Saxon base words, Latin affixes and roots, Greek combining forms, and multisyllabic words
  • help students understand and correctly use the components of the English language, including common consonant and vowel patterns, syllable patterns, common spelling rules, prefixes and suffixes, roots, nonphonetic words, and contractions
  • deepen older students' proficiency with languageby introducing less common Latin roots and Greek combining forms, new words entering the English language, and lessons built around themes such as calendars and mythology

To help educators teach with confidence once they're in the classroom, this text is packed with practical, immediately applicable material. Educators will get engaging classroom activities (including 21NEW activitiessuitable for use all students, including English language learners); lesson plans incorporating multisensory, language-based instruction; samples of student work; explanations of current research; and even more websites and reference material to strengthen their instruction.

An essential text for college and university courses on reading instruction—and an ideal professional development resource for inservice educators—this new edition of a classic bestseller will help teachersunlock literacyfor all their students.

Marcia K. Henry, Ph.D., brings more than 40 years of experience working in the field of reading and dyslexia as a diagnostician, tutor, teacher, and professor. Dr. Henry received her doctorate in educational psychology from Stanford University. Prior to her retirement in 1995, she was a professor in the Division of Special Education at...
Title:Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling InstructionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.75 × 6.34 × 0.68 inPublished:July 20, 2010Publisher:Brookes PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1598570749

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Table of Contents

About the Author

Maryanne Wolf



I. Preparation

  1. Decoding and Spelling: Keys to Unlocking Literacy
  2. A Brief History of Written English
  3. Structure of the English Language

II. Instruction

  1. Lesson Fundamentals
  2. First Steps: Early Instruction for Effective Decoding and Spelling
  3. Beginning Readers: Time for the Anglo-Saxon Layer of Language
  4. Advancing Readers: Time for the Latin and Greek Layers of Language
  5. Competent Readers: Extending the Latin and Greek Layers of Language


A. Surveys of Language and Knowledge
B. Nonphonetic Rote Memory Word Lists
C. Compound Words
D. Prefixes
E. Suffixes
F. Latin Roots
G. Greek Combining Forms
H. Words Commonly Found in Textbooks
I. Glossary