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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 2  –  The sounds of speech

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1. Speech sounds are also called:
a. graphemes
b. phonemes
c. scriptemes
d. none of the above

2. There are _______ sounds in the English language:
a. exactly 26
b. over 60
c. over 40
d. exactly 52

3. Children who have trouble hearing speech sounds may have a(n) _______ problem.
a. visual
b. auditory
c. comprehension
d. olfactory

4. _______ are used to represent phonemes in writing.
a. syllables
b. words
c. pictures
d. letters

5. The definiton of phoneme is, "The smallest part of _________ language."
a. spoken
b. written
c. informal
d. formal

6. The word ran has how many phonemes?
a. 5
b. 4
c. 3
d. 2

7. Phonemes are:
a. speech sounds
b. letter names
c. short syllables
d. written words

8. How are phonemes represented in writing to differentiate them from actual words?
a. by placing the letters between slashes /b/
b. by placing the letters between asterisks *b*
c. by placing the letters in parentheses (b)
d. by placing the letters between percent signs %b%

9. How many phonemes do you hear in the word nope?
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4

10. Which of the following words have two phonemes?
a. me
b. bee
c. sigh
d. all of the above

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