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Running Head: IDEAL READING PROGRAM FOR FIRST GRADE

Ideal Reading Program for First Grade
Susan McClough
EDUC 554
Liberty University
June 28, 2013

Reading happens to be the most important factor in everyone’s live. Every subject and every aspect of a person’s life involves reading. According to Shanahan and Shanahan (2008), “Reading is commonly viewed as a basic set of skills, widely adaptable and applicable to all kinds of texts and reading situations.” Teachers have a responsibility to ensure that each student that enter their present have a strong foundation in reading. The bible identifies teacher’s roles in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is breathed out of God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and
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Readers need to know content - and vocabulary - if they are to comprehend what they read.” Phonics is one way that a reader will learn to become stronger readers.
Phonics
According to Tompkins (2010), “Phonics is the set of relationships between phonology (the sounds in speech) and orthography (the spelling patterns of written language). Many may wonder how English learners will be affected by phonics. According to Coleman and Goldenberg (2011), “if instruction is clear, focused, and systematic, when language requirements are relatively low - as in learning phonological skills, letter-sound combinations, and decoding - ELs can make progress close to that of English speakers.” When learning phonics, readers must remember that sounds within words will be different according to the placement of the vowels. Phonics provides students with the tools they need to read because students are learning other key components of language such as pronunciation (Tompkins, 2010). There are twenty-six alphabets in the English yet there are 44 phonemes in the English (Tompkins, 2010, pg. 156).
There many ways to teach phonics. Tompkins suggests the best way to teach phonics is through a “combination of explicit instructions and authentic application activities” (pg. 161). An ideal reading program will teach phonics in a manner that…

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