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PhonicsTutor Student Reader


PhonicsTutor Student Reader

Here is what Cathy Duffy, A Curriculum Reviewer says:

"The Reader is far more than the typical reader. It extends lessons from the program, provides additional practice in both reading and writing. It features word lists (words with common elements) similar to those in Victory Drill Book, phrases, sentences, and stories to read. As students progress, the "stories" actually get quite entertaining. The Reader also includes some grammar and usage instruction (e.g., punctuation, comparative adjectives, verb tenses) plus other language arts skills such as reading dictionary entries. The Workbook provides opportunity for students to test and apply their knowledge. You shouldn't need any other language arts course if you use all these components for the early grades."
  4:20 Communications, Inc. appreciates the wonderful responses of students and teachers of the PT Student Reader .  Most students who complete the Phonics Tutor CD-ROM read at a third-grade level or above. The vocabulary and spelling chart in the PT Student Reader will enable most students to read at a fourth-grade level or above. It is 200 pages, 8 ½ x 11, spiral bound, with laminated front and back.

 The PhonicsTutor Student Reader contains:

  • A Phonics and Spelling Pattern Chart– This detailed chart provides the additional phonics facts that will enable students to become fluent, independent readers with the skills to accurately decode almost any English word they will encounter. Each phonogram or spelling pattern is followed by one of its phonemes (indicated with diacritics); a list of the ten most frequently used words that use that phonogram; a frequency indicator; and a column listing the rules and observations about that spelling pattern. The viewpoints of both Orton-Gillingham Phonograms and The American Heritage Dictionary are included. Comparisons are made between spelling patterns, e.g., "far" and "large" vs. "various", "square", and "carried". Students and teachers can easily see which spelling patterns are uncommon, common, or very common. Readers will see that "ear" is not only pronounced as "err" in words like "early" and "heard"; but most often is pronounced as "ear" in words like "year" and "near"; and is pronounced like "air" in "bear" and "wear".
  • Expanded, random word lists–
    Emphasis is given to derivatives, the most frequently used words, and multi-syllabic words that use phonics facts already presented. The 300 most frequently used words are flagged throughout the book. A check mark indicates challenge words that use familiar phonics facts in new, previously untaught vocabulary. Three phonics tests are given at the end of Units VI, VII, and IX.
  • Controlled-vocabulary stories–
    The "stories" include a play, poems, informative and/or humorous paragraphs, dictionary pages, a science experiment, a recipe, a news article, tongue twisters, riddles, and stories about both common and uncommon events of interest to students of all ages.
  • Instruction on both phonics and beginning grammar–
    Interspersed throughout the PT Student Reader are pages which review spelling rules; provide additional rules on syllabication and decoding examples; and introduce diacritics similar to those used in The American Heritage Dictionary. Prefixes, suffixes, and root words; subject/verb agreement; comparative and superlative adjectives; nouns, proper nouns, pronouns; singular, plural, first, second and third person verbs; prepositions; homophones; synonyms and antonyms are all introduced with many examples. An early introduction to the history of certain spelling patterns helps students understand why English is the largest language in the world.

For Teachers

The scope and sequence, goals, and special notes about the units in the PT Student Reader are presented to instructors in two pages at the beginning of each unit. On each student page in framed boxes, instructions are directed to the student. Information about grammar, spelling rules, or to set the stage for a story are included. Nothing more is needed to teach a given page than what is on each page with few exceptions. This format simplifies lesson planning for busy teachers and increases ease of use for classroom volunteers, parents, or older siblings.

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