Teaching Analogy Phonics

This resource can be used for teaching English letter-sound patterns or phonics.

Marn Frank
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ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System (ATLAS), Hamline University
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This resource is designed to equip ABE/ESL reading teachers with (1) an explanation of why anaology phonics instruction is recommended and (2) a "toolkit" that includes lesson plans, instructions, models, a variety of engaging student handouts for use in the classroom,  and lists of word family relatives for ready access in designing analogy instruction.

There are three evidence-based or proven approaches for teaching English letter-sound patterns or phonics to children and adults: synthetic (combining different patterns), analytic (separating into patterns), and analogy (comparing similar patterns). Synthetic is most common and used in many published instructional materials. Analytic is less common but can be a valuable practice activity. Analogy dates back to colonial times and teaches reliable and decodable “chunks,” which can be generalized to many other words.

This alphabetics resource provides reading teachers and tutors with convincing background information and testimonials, a lesson plan model and template, other reinforcement ideas, and many (over 100!) common or sequential phonogram and word family lists for immediate analogy phonics instruction. It has great potential for ABE and ESL readers - if basic oral language and Roman alphabet skills are present.

What the experts say

This is an easy-to-follow lesson plan guide for teaching analogy phonics. The resource provides a brief rationale for using analogy phonics followed by short, explicit lesson plans and word lists. This can be a valuable instructional guide for ABE and ELL teachers and tutors.

This a very simple instructional resource, with a basic description of how Analogy Phonics works, followed by very easy to replicate lesson plans, which are supported by student and teacher handouts designed for immendiate application.

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