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Structure and Design of
Right Track Reading Lessons: A Highly Effective Step-by-Step Direct Systematic Phonics
Program 2nd Edition
The reading lessons systematically and explicitly teach children how to read. The
reading lessons include a series of multisensory activities described below.
1. Introduce and teach the new sounds - The lessons systematically introduce and
teach the complete phonemic code.
2. Practice Sound Cards: The next activity in most lessons is to directly practice
the print-to-sound relationship for the new sounds plus previous sounds.This simple
but highly effective multisensory activity directly links the visual image of the
print to the oral and auditory processes of saying and hearing the correct sound.
Practice is always direct print-to-sound and accomplished by drilling with the sound
cards for younger children by playing ‘sound’ games like memory, fishing for sounds,
sound butterflies etc. See fun sound games
4. Word Making Activity: this highly effective multisensory activity develops phonemic
awareness, builds a strong understanding of the phonetic nature of our language,
and strengthens phonetic reading skills as well as blending and tracking. This word
making activity incorporates kinetic, visual and auditory processes and reinforces
basic subskills. These ‘sound tiles’ are particularly effective with remedial students.
It is also lots of fun! The kids love this ‘game’. For examples of word making activity
see Lesson 16 and Lesson 42.
6. Reading Words: The child practices reading a list of decodable words. Practice
emphasizes correct phonological processing, blending, and tracking. These word lists
are invaluable in teaching children HOW to read as reading cannot be accomplished
by incorrect techniques such as picture or context clues. Reading the decodable word
lists provides opportunity for the child to practice correct phonologic processing.
The practice allows the child to master, integrate and apply essential skills to
establish phonologic processing, the essential foundation for proficient reading.
The extensive word lists in the Right Track Reading program provide the practice
that is absolutely essential for building correct reading skills. To see sample word
lists from actual lessons preview lesson 1&2, lesson 16, lesson 17, lesson 36, lesson
42 and lesson 77.
5. Sound changing activity: somewhat similar to word making except you use the sound
tiles to emphasize changes in sounds within words. In addition to strengthening
the same skills as the word making game, this activity/game uses the sound tiles
to emphasize phonemic awareness and the attention to detail that is so important
in reading. See lesson 16 for example of sound changing activity.
7. Writing/spelling words: In this activity the child writes or spells words from
the decodable lists. Writing words by sound directly strengthens phonologic processing.
8. Reading Decodable Sentences: These short sentences and later short paragraphs
offer practice reading decodable text. They are especially important for beginners
to learn how to read sentences and then longer passages. These sentences also allow
you to begin some initial work on comprehension skills and the more complex elements
of sentence structure. To see examples of decodable sentences and how rapidly decodable
text expands please preview lesson 16, lesson 17, lesson 36, lesson 42 and lesson
9. Lessons also introduce and directly teach common irregular words. Preview lesson
17 for an example of how irregular words are directly taught.
10. Review lessons are periodically incorporated into the sequence to allow for review
of previous learned sounds and additional practice in reading decodable word lists
and sentences. See Lesson 17 and Lesson 36 for a sample of review lessons.
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