Sounding Out New Multisyllabic Words

Linda Farrell explains the process readers go through when they decode new multisyllabic reading. In the video, she highlights set for variability, where a reader flexes sounds to adjust close approximations.

What is Set for Variability?

Dr. Stephanie Stollar explains set for variability in this brief video. Set for variability is the set of skills that allow students to correct close approximations while decoding.

The Reading Process

Expert reading researcher Dr. Reid Lyon highlights key components of reading development, including the role of phonics in this complex process.

Put Reading First

Put Reading First is a summary of the findings from the Report of the National Reading Panel, summarized in a brief, easy-to-read comprehensive guide to evidence-based reading instruction. Intended for educators and administrators, this guide aims to improve reading outcomes for children in the early […]

Why Explicit Instruction?

Explicit Instruction expert, Dr. Anita Archer, provides the rationale and overview of explicit instruction and its benefit for students. Archer provides a quick 5 minute overview of what Explicit Instruction is and isn’t, with concise and kind language.  This resource can be used to for professional development and to begin discussion between educators on Explicit Instruction. 

Teaching Spelling to Intermediate Poor Spellers: Never Too Late

This PaTTAN webinar, “Teaching Spelling to Intermediate Poor Spellers: It’s Never Too Late,” with Dr. Louisa Moats, discusses explicit, structured language teaching for grades 3-5 students who struggle with spelling. Dr. Moats emphasizes understanding English orthography through five lenses: the language of origin, grapheme-phoneme correspondences, arbitrary letter order and sequence patterns, and morphology. She presents a case study of a dyslexic sixth-grade student and identifies phonological challenges and the need for instruction in advanced orthographic patterns and morphological structures. Poor phonology can hinder spelling, making the orthographic mapping process problematic. Dr. Moats suggests weaving phonological, orthographic, morphological, and syntactic layers together in instruction and providing practice for generalization. The webinar offers examples of lessons and activities to support struggling spellers, aiming to develop their spelling skills effectively.