Story by Story Phonics Lessons

These phonics-related stories, lesson plans, and related tests and exercises are intended for adults who are beginning readers.

Marn Frank
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation
LDA Minnesota
Minnesota Literacy Council
Publication Year
Resource Type
Instructional Material
Product Type

A collection of 12 short stories from a contextual phonics program for teaching adults to read. Each story is available online and in portable document format (pdf). A standard lesson plan is provided that can be used with each story. The stories feature the following phonics examples:

  • short a as in apple
  • short o as in on
  • short i as in itch
  • short u as in up
  • short e as in elbow
  • consonant ending ck
  • digraph sh
  • digraph ch
  • digraph th (unvoiced)
  • digraph th (voiced)
  • trigraph tch
  • trigraph dge


What the experts say

Story by Story Phonics Lessosn is a set of resources that can be helpful to those preparing tutors to work with adult students who are beginning readers. There are easy to administer assessments that can help a tutor pinpoint appropriate phonics or basic work-level instruction. There are narrated short reading passages and follow up activities appropriate for adult learners that could be helpful to tutors. Tutors would need guidance on how to effectively incorporate the materials into a cohesive set of tutoring sessions.

The instruction follows best practices in providing adults in need with phonological awareness activities, followed by direct, systematic, sequential, and multi-sensory practice in phonics.

This resource supports theories regarding phonics instruction currently advocated by the National Reading Panel and based on wide research on how children learn to read in English.

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