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 1.  Print awareness
 2.  The sounds of speech
 3.  Phonemic awareness
 4.  Phonics
 5.  Informal classroom-based assessment
 6.  Fluency
 7.  Vocabulary
 8.  Spelling
 9.  Writing
 10.  Text comprehension

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Module 4  –  Phonics

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1. Phonics instruction teaches:
a. the relationship between letters and sounds in written form
b. the understanding that speech is made up of individual sounds
c. the awareness that print carries meaning
d. none of the above

2. Phonics instruction has an impact on a child's:
a. reading ability
b. writing ability
c. both reading and writing ability
d. neither reading nor writing ability

3. Teaching students that the letters ph represent the /f/ sound is an example of what type of instruction?
a. whole language
b. vocabulary
c. phonics
d. all of the above

4. Which of the following is a true statement?
a. phonics involves looking at the sounds letters make in spoken words
b. phonics involves looking at the relationship between letters and sounds in written form
c. phonics involves looking at how print works
d. phonics involves looking at the difference between consonants and vowels

5. Phonics instruction is most effective when it begins in:
a. preschool or pre-kindergarten
b. kindergarten or first grade
c. second or third grade
d. none of the above

6. Which of the following is an approach used for phonics instruction?
a. children learning the letters or letter combinations that represent sounds
b. children using word parts or families to identify unknown words
c. children learning to segment words into sounds and writing letters for these sounds
d. all of the above

7. Effective phonics instruction may improve:
a. fluency
b. word recognition
c. spelling
d. all of the above

8. Phonics instruction:
a. is an entire reading program
b. is one component of a reading program
c. should be introduced in grades two and three
d. none of the above

9. The best way to teach letter-sound relationships is to use instructional methods:
a. that your elementary school teachers used with you
b. discussed in your teacher education program
c. that have a clear and logical sequence
d. that introduce letters in the same order they appear in your favorite storybook

10. Phonics instruction is effective for which of the following groups of children?
a. learners of teh English language
b. children from low socioeconomic level households
c. children who are struggling with comprehension
d. all beginning readers

First Year Teacher was a pilot project of Reading Rockets, which is service of WETA, Washington D.C.'s flagship public television station. Funding for First Year Teacher was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and The Overbrook Foundation.

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