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Word Journeys: Assessment-Guided Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction (Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy)by Kathy Ganske
Synopses & Reviews
Describing the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA), a word inventory that helps teachers quickly and easily evaluate students' stages of spelling and vocabulary development, this guide contains instructional techniques that reflect the author's classroom experience. It also includes examples of student work, suggested word sort activities, and lists of recommended books.
Book News Annotation:
Presents teachers with a student-centered, interactive, inquiry-based approach to word exploration for children learning to spell. Covers the basis of children's word knowledge, how to foster it through instruction, and the different stages of spelling development and the strategies that best match each stage.
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This book presents a highly practical approach to assessing children's spelling and word knowledge abilities and offering effective, appropriate instruction. Included is the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA), a dictated word inventory that enables teachers to quickly and easily evaluate students' stages of spelling development and their knowledge of important orthographic features. Detailed guidelines are set forth for engaging students in hands-on word study that is tailored to their specific strengths and weaknesses. Validated and field-tested, the instructional techniques described here reflect the author's many years of classroom experience. Particularly useful features of the book include narrative "snapshots" of children at different stages of spelling development; numerous examples of student work; suggested word sort activities for each orthographic feature; lists of recommended books and poems; and a focus on fostering a love of words through word play and language appreciation. Provided in the appendices are reproducible forms for administering the DSA, plus a list of over 12,000 words arranged by sound, pattern, and meaning-related features.
This trusted teacher resource and course text provides a comprehensive approach to assessing and building children's word knowledge (grades K-8). Kathy Ganske shows how carefully planned word study can improve students' reading and writing skills while fostering their appreciation of language. Complete instructions are provided for implementing the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA), an easy-to-use assessment tool, and for tailoring instruction to learners' strengths and weaknesses. Numerous word lists, student work samples, and "Literature Links" are included, along with 27 reproducible forms. The large-size format facilitates photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
New to This Edition:
*Addresses the Common Core State Standards.
*Incorporates additional activities and technology tips, plus updated research findings.
*Chapter explaining the meaning of word study and its role in literacy instruction, including "Researcher Voices" perspectives from noted experts.
*Ideas for making the most of small-group instructional time.
*Expanded "Literature Links" book lists, now including informational texts.
*DSA answer sheets have been enhanced for easier scoring and several new reproducibles added.
See also the companion volumes from Ganske, Word Sorts and More: Sound, Pattern, and Meaning Explorations K-3 and Mindful of Words: Spelling and Vocabulary Explorations 4-8, which provide a wealth of ready-to-use word study activities.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-336) and index.
About the Author
Kathy Ganske, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Graduate Teacher Education Program at Oberlin College, where she teaches courses in literacy. She is a former classroom teacher of primary through upper-elementary grades. Dr. Ganske continues to be actively involved in classrooms through research and professional development.
Table of Contents
I. Understanding Word Study Contexts
1. Word Study: Reading, Writing, and Language Connections
II. Understanding Children's Word Knowledge
2. A Developmental Perspective
3. Assessing Word Knowledge: The Developmental Spelling Analysis
III. Fostering Children's Word Knowledge
4. Planning Appropriate and Engaging Instruction
5. Letter Name Word Study
6. Within Word Pattern Word Study
7. Syllable Juncture Word Study
8. Derivational Constancy Word Study
9. Questions and Answers
Appendix 1. Supplemental Word Lists
Appendix 2. Reproducible Forms
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