I have been teaching reading and writing for many years, mostly to 4th-8th graders. By the time they get to me, in reading we work on developing vocabulary, understanding the text and text structures, and deepening comprehension. Somewhere along the line, my students’ previous teachers taught them to decode the sounds, understand the words, and make sense of the text at their grade levels. Apparently, in many places that hasn’t been happening.
The podcast series, Sold a Story, is a game changer, unless you already knew or have been changed. The way many schools have been teaching reading has been mistaken, misguided, incomplete, because that’s how teachers were instructed to teach reading. In many places students were not taught to decode the words, to sound it out. While the comprehension strategies such as predicting and understanding the theme are great, first students have to be able to read the words.
Please listen to the series, Sold a Story. You won’t be disappointed.