Reading Multisyllable Words with Xavier

By Linda Farrell & Reading Rockets Last updated 2024/05/24
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In this video, Linda Farrell demonstrates a lesson focused on teaching a flexible strategy for decoding multisyllabic words.

Curriculum Connection

B2. Language Foundations for Reading and Writing
This video supports the teaching and learning of applying phonics knowledge to reading and spelling multisyllabic words.
Grade(s): 2 3 4
Topic(s): Applying Phonics
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  1. I agree with Deborah about using the nonsense words for instruction, however this is a solid strategy that can be used with a progression of increasingly complex words. It was great how fast he internalized that strategy.

  2. Very explicit and systematic steps for supporting students to read bigger words. You can see how this scaffolds from earlier phonemic and phonics knowledge around vowel sounds, vowel patterns and more. I am not a fan of teaching with nonsense syllables, but aside from that this is a great progression of skills. Many many students will benefit from this including students in any of the upper grades.

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