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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:
a. should not be taught because English spellings are too irregular
b. should not be taught because it interferes with fluency
c. should be taught because it teaches a system for remembering how to read words
d. should be taught because it is the most important component of a reading program

2. The alphabetic principle is understanding:
a. the relationship between letters and spoken words
b. the written alphabet
c. spoken language
d. none of the above

3. The written letter A is a:
a. morpheme
b. grapheme
c. phoneme
d. naneme

4. Phonics programs are effective when they:
a. include a carefully selected set of letter-sound relationships organized into a logical sequence
b. include a set of precise directions for teaching these relationships
c. include lots of opportunities for children to apply learning to reading and writing
d. all of the above

5. Phonics instruction is most effective when it is taught:
a. in primary grades
b. in upper elementary grades
c. anytime, as long as it is taught
d. all of the above

6. Which is NOT an example of non-systematic phonics instruction?
a. teaching in a way that focuses on whole-word or meaning based activies
b. teaching a set of sight vocabulary words
c. teaching a set of letter-sound relationships in a clearly defined sequence
d. teaching letter-sound relationships only when letters appear in student reading materials

7. Effective phonics programs provide students with opportunities to practice applying their knowledge about phonics as they:
a. read
b. write
c. blend sounds to form words
d. all of the above

8. A teacher who is explaining how to place a set of words into categories based on their spelling patterns is engaged in:
a. vocabulary instruction
b. phonics instruction
c. comprehension instruction
d. none of the above

9. Phonics instruction is important because it helps students to:
a. understand the relationship between letters and sounds
b. recognize unfamiliar words
c. improve reading comprehension
d. all of the above

10. Which of the following is a component of a reading program?
a. phonemic awareness instruction
b. phonics instruction
c. print awareness instruction
d. all of the above

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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