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ERIC Number: ED416459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Pages: 7
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How Children Learn To Derive Meaning from Text.
Kelly, Heather
In recent years, the focus on reading instruction has turned to the primary grade levels. Debates over phonics, whole language, and balanced literacy approaches occur among researchers, educators, and parents. Using a balanced approach in the classroom has received the most support from teachers and researchers, according to five related articles from professional journals. The authors of these articles agreed that: (1) children must be given phonemic awareness instruction, which encourages a conscious awareness of individual sounds; and (2) children must then learn cuing strategies to decode text and comprehend the material they have read. The focus on teaching phonemic awareness and providing a balanced literacy program is crucial in the primary grades. Primary teachers need to be reminded that the goal in teaching children to read is to give their students the skills necessary to derive meaning from text. (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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