ERIC Number: ED106846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Patterson Road Elementary School Formula Phonics Reading Chain.
Orcutt Union School District, CA.
This program, included in "Effective Reading Programs...," serves 320 students in grades 2-6. The majority of the students are white and come from low- and middle-income homes in the sururbs of a small city. Staggered scheduling allows two ungraded reading chains of 12 groups each to meet 45 minutes daily. Grouping is determined not by grade level but by reading comprehension. The reading specialist and classroom teachers teach the reading chain groups in morning and afternoon reading classes. Pupils move up the chain on teacher recommendation. Initially, all pupils view the same 10 half-hour formula phonics video tapes, which teach them a system for decoding. The students also meet in "dialogue groups" in which the oral reader (called the model) uses the system to decode unfamiliar words. Reinforcement is accomplished in a companion spelling program and in followup activities. Reading matter is chosen for its literary worth and interest level. Instruction is designed to move quickly from questions that clarify the reading to discussions that involve Socratic dialoguing, which teaches critical thinking skills and open-ended questioning at the highest level. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Orcutt Union School District, CA.