Word Work Strategies that Strengthen Students' Reading Development, Grades K-2

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

The lessons and activities in this video-based online learning course benefit readers at the emergent, developing and fluent levels. The strategies are designed to be incorporated by teachers, grades K-2, into shared reading and guided reading lessons and practiced by students independently at literacy centers. You will easily be able to implement these highly adaptable techniques in your own literacy program, creating powerful learning opportunities for primary readers at all levels of the word learning continuum.

You will learn how to:

  • Help students internalize key word solving strategies
  • Base classroom word work instruction on a well-researched word learning continuum
  • Match word work lessons to students’ literacy needs, from the emergent to the near fluent level
  • Use word sorts to enhance students’ thinking about word elements
  • Establish a core of sight words to boost students’ reading fluency and comprehension
  • Coach young readers in ways that encourage and extend their ability to self-monitor and self-correct
  • Engage students in active word learning through small group, whole class and individual literacy activities
  • Strengthen students’ reading independence

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How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDLU 9828


"Thank you for the print and video resources.  It is helpful to see real students engaged in the work of reading!"

              - A. Cameron

"Loved the content of the PD and the on demand format. Outstanding presenter that knows her craft well."

              - L. Bottoms

"This was a great class. Her tool kit will  be very useful. I like how the strategies progress and help the emergent readers use the strategies to develop into fluent readers. Thank you for sharing your wonderful activities!"

              - T. Royal

"I felt the videos were very powerful and gave me some great ideas to use in my own classroom."

              - L. Buffington

"I absolutely loved this course! Through this course I am already making plans to implement this into my ELA curriculum."

              - S. Gale


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