A Phonemic Awareness Exercise (basically spelling)
A Left-to-Right Exercise. Cynthia hadn't seen this exercise before she was recorded.
It was assigned because she was ready.
Currently, Cynthia is working on...
multi-syllable words like, plastic and internet,
a variety of paired vowels like those seen in boat, bait, and beat,
the long-vowel silent-E pattern, e.g, lone, lane, & line,
identifying silent letters, like the b in debt and the u in built, and
many other advanced activities.
When Cynthia (not her real name) began working with me, she did well on the easiest drills,
suggesting a high reading aptitude, but a short informal test indicated she knew very little
about reading, earning a 1/10. Two months later, she scored a five on the same test. A five
means "Knows what to do, needs much more practice."
Spelling Exception Characterization
Because the U in buy is silent, it's unnecessary. Therefore, buy could easily
be spelled b-y, making purchase an alternate definition of by. This is a major
class of spelling exceptions.
Similarly, the E in the long-vowel-silent-E pattern is silent, but still influential: It
changes the short-A in "Cat" to to the long-A in Cate, a woman's name. That means h-a-v-e
should rhyme with "save" as seen in... "behave." Have should be spelled
How many exceptions like these can an advanced Rails student spot at the beginning of first grade?
The clip shows that this student has developed a deep understanding of basic spelling rules,
and could apply them to rectify some of the peculiar spellings chosen by Noah Webster
(in Webster's dictionary). Interestingly, even fast learners vary substantially in their
ability to spot unnecessary letters.
Video Clip Content
Cynthia asked to read a book she had read with her mother a few times.
(errors in parenthesis)
race (rack) check
want (when) make
Most punctuation marks demand subtle pauses in otherwise continous speech. When such pauses
are not aligned with real punctuation (commas, periods, ellipses, colons, semicolons, etc.),
passages with complex grammar become incomprehensible to the ear. Happily, this grammar is
not complex. Fast readers glance ahead to identify approaching words and pauses.
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