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CHAPTER 4: LETTER KNOWLEDGE

Objectives


As a result of reading and studying this chapter students will be able to:

  • Recognize that the efficient recognition of letter names is one of the best predictors of how readily a student will learn to read
  • Compare the difficulty of linking the shapes and the names of the letters with learning the letter sounds
  • Describe the sequence in which students appear to acquire letter knowledge
  • Define letter-name iconicity
  • Explain why handwriting practice is one way that young students learn to distinguish and recall letter shapes
  • Explain why spending the same amount of instructional time on each letter ("letter of the week" approach) may not be effective
  • Explain when and how letter knowledge should be assessed
  • Describe intervention strategies for students who have difficulty with letter knowledge
  • Apply effective instructional strategies for teaching letter names and shapes and letter sounds

Key Terms


  • Iconic
  • Letter-naming automaticity
  • Manuscript letters

Assessment

 

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