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Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling, 10th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-03719-5
288 pages
April 2011, Jossey-Bass
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Teaches students of all ages the basics of phonics with a time-tested, foolproof method

This tenth edition of the best-selling book teaches reading using sounds and spelling patterns. These sounds and patterns are introduced one at a time, and slowly built into words, syllables, phrases, and sentences. Simple step-by-step directions begin every lesson. Although originally designed for K-2 emergent readers, this award-winning book is also successfully being used with adolescent and adult learners, as well as second language learners and students with learning disabilities. Wise and humorous proverbs encourage virtues such as patience, perseverance, honesty, kindness, compassion, courage, and loyalty.

  • Offers help for all students including those with learning disabilities or very short attention spans
  • Includes extensive examples, word lists, and practice readings that are 100% decodable
  • Uses a multisensory method that benefits all learning styles

This bestselling, much-loved book offers a complete approach to teaching phonics and reading for a fraction of the cost of other programs.

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ABOUT THIS BOOK vii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xii

INTRODUCTION xiii

ABOUT PHONICS PATHWAYS 1

GETTING STARTED 3

TEACHING AID: SHORT-VOWEL STICK 4

GAME: SHORT-VOWEL SHUFFLE 5

SHORT-VOWEL SOUNDS 10

GAME: Short-Vowel Review (Bingo) 16

TWO-LETTER BLENDS (Eyerobics) 17

GAME: THE TRAIN GAME 20

GAME: STARSEARCH 37

THREE-LETTER WORDS 39

GAME: BAG THE BUGS 48

PYRAMID 52

/K/ = C-, K-, -CK 53

TWO-CONSONANT ENDINGS 58

-Y SUFFIX 70

TWIN-CONSONANT ENDINGS 74

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Real and Nonsense Words 75

CONSONANT DIGRAPH ENDINGS: -sh, -th, -ch, -tch 76

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Consonant Digraph Nonsense Words 83

SIMPLE LONG-VOWEL SOUNDS 90

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Short- and Long-Vowel Nonsense Words 109

SUFFIXES 110

SUFFIX SPELLING CHART 115

MULTISYLLABLE WORDS 117

/k/ = -ic, -ick 118

DIVIDING MULTISYLLABLE WORDS 119

PLURAL, POSSESSIVE, AND X 121

CONSONANT DIGRAPH BEGINNINGS: sh-, ch-, wh-, th-, qu- 123

TWO-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS: bl-, fl-, pl-, cl-, gl-, sl- 133

FUN AND GAMES 138

TWO-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS : sm-, sn-, st-, sp-, sc-, sk- 139

R-MODIFIED VOWELS 149

LONG-VOWEL DIGRAPHS 159

/S/ = ce, ci, cy: /C/ = ei 173

VOWEL DIPHTHONGS: /oi/ = oi, oy; /ou/ = ou, ow 176

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: /j/ = -ge, gi-, & -dge Nonsense words 184

-Y, -IE PLUS SUFFIXES 185

-F = -VES 186

NEW VOWEL SOUNDS 188

/OO/ = oo, oul, u; /O/ = au, aw, al, all, o 189

THREE-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS 195

SHORT-VOWEL SPELLING PATTERNS 199

/Ĕ/ = ea, a, ai; /Ĭ/ = y, ui; /Ŏ/ = a; /Ŭ/ = o, ou, oo, a 199

SCHWA 203

CONTRACTIONS 206

SILENT LETTERS: -le, k, w, l, b, t, h 208

SILENT GH: /I/ = igh; /O/ = ough, augh; /O/ = ough; /ou/ = ough 213

/A/ SPELLING PATTERNS: /A/ = ei, eigh, ey, ea 216

S = /z/, /zh/, /sh/; /F/ = ph, gh; /K/ = ch 219

ANOTHER R-MODIFIED VOWEL SOUND 224

A SPELLING GRAB BAG 226

Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs 226

Multisyllable Words with Suffixes 228

-ce, -ge; -able, -ible 229

PREFIXES: pre-, sub-, re-, auto-, un-, dis-, inter-, super- 230

MORE SUFFIXES: -tion, -sion, -able, -ness, -ful, -less, -ment 233

COMPOUND WORDS 236

BUILDING BLOCKS 237

APPENDIX A: REFERENCE & SUPPLEMENTAL PRACTICE 243

Spelling Strategies 243

Index to Spelling Rules and Patterns 244

Spelling & Pronunciation Chart 245

Plural Spelling Chart 247

Suffix Spelling Chart 248

Student Achievement Chart 249

Student Progress Notes 250

Vision and Motor Coordination Training Exercises 251

Pyramid 253

APPENDIX B: GAMES AND ACTIVITIES 255

Hot Tips 255

The Short Sheet of Vowels 256

The Shoo-Fly Shuffle (a.k.a. Short-Vowel Shuffle) 257

The Train Game 258

Blendit! (Similar to Bingo) 260

StarSearch 261

Bag the Bugs 262

REVIEWS AND RESULTS 263

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 266

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Using her materials, Dolores G. Hiskes has implemented school and community tutoring programs, such as the highly touted YES Reading Center in Palo Alto, CA. She has tutored reading for over thirty years, and trained teachers from all over the world. Well-published in professional journals and a winner of numerous honors, she publishes a free e-newsletter about teaching reading, called Phonics Talk (www.dorbooks.com).
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