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This is the schedule to follow along with the facebook group “Science of Reading: Stronger Together.” Dates and readings listed below. Discussions run Wednesday to Wednesday each week.

Read and follow along as much or as little as you can, then go to the facebook group to share your insights, ask questions, and reflect on your practice within the learning community. I leaned on the side of adding more resources each week, so don’t feel like you need to do or read everything!

*You do not need to purchase the CORE Reading Sourcebook, but if you are teaching beginning reading (PreK-3rd grade) or older readers working on decoding skills, I would recommend it if you have the funding. Each chapter gives the what, when, why, and how in practical, easy-to-understand language and includes scripts and activities for relating research to practice. At over 800 pages, it will become your greatest resource! The second edition should be fine to follow along as well.

**The Carreker and Birsh Activity book is also not required to follow along, but you are welcome to complete the activities if you have it. I will be listing the activity numbers from the fourth edition (these are different in various editions). This is a workbook-style text to help you master terminology and concepts along the way.

The Big Picture

Overview (free) chapter from CORE Reading Sourcebook: “The Big Picture” (p.20-37 in linked PDF)

Brief video (4 min)What Science Says About How Kids Learn to Read (Sarah Schwartz, Education Week)

Podcast (52 min):“At a Loss for Words” (Emily Hanford)

Video (12 min): “What’s Wrong with Predictable or Repetitive Texts” (Allison Clarke)

Video (7 min)Effective Reading Instruction for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (Dr. Jill Allor)

Activity Book #2

Bonus Video (33 min) How the Brain Learns to Read (Dr. Stanislas Dehaene)

Test your knowledge with Quizziz (link closes on January 27th)

Post in the facebook group to share your questions, insights, difficult parts, or classroom examples!

The Structure of English

CORE Reading Sourcebook Chapter 1

Video (<2 min) Dr. Louisa Moats talks about Importance of Sound Structure

Video (<2 min) Dr. Louisa Moats on Letters vs Phonemes

Article “Phonology and the Problems of Learning to Read and Write” (Liberman & Shankweiler, 1985)–click link, then download full article

Webinar on Sound Walls and Phonemes with Dr. Mary Dahlgren

Activity Book #5, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19

Test your knowledge with Quizziz (link closes February 3rd)

Letter Knowledge

CORE Reading Sourcebook Chapter 4

Video (5 min) REL-Southeast: Letter-Sounds

Video (<2 min) Visual Drill

Video (first 2 min) Auditory Drill

Video (15 min) Letter Names with Linda Farrell

Video (first 8 min) Mastering ‘b’ and ‘d’ with Linda Farrell

Article The Foundations of Literacy: Learning the Sounds of Letters (Treiman et al., 1998)

Article Decoding, Reading, and Reading Disability (Gough & Tunmer, 1986)

Activity Book #8, 14, 28, 65

Test your knowledge with Quizziz (link closes on February 10th)

Phonemic Awareness

CORE Reading Sourcebook Chapter 5

Module Phonological and Phonemic Awareness from Reading Rockets

Short Explanation of Phonemic Awareness (NICHD)

Article (first section only, pages 1-17) A 2020 Perspective on Research Findings on Alphabetics (Phoneme Awareness and
Phonics): Implications for Instruction
(Expanded Version; Brady, 2020)

Article Whole-Language High Jinks (Moats, 2007)

Article Teaching Reading is Rocket Science (Moats, 2020) OR original version (Moats,1999), found here.

Video (< 2min) Say-It and Move-It

Video (< 2 min) Fingers for Sounds

Activity Book #11, 13, 15, 18, 55

Test your knowledge with Quizziz


CORE Reading Sourcebook Section III Introduction (pg 159-168) & Ch 6

Video (3 min) Positive Error Correction, Video (3 min) Blending drill, Video (watch middle 2 minutes) Word chains, Video (2 min) Word chains with spelling pattern, Video (5 min) Phoneme-grapheme mapping, Video (first 5 minutes) Small group encoding practice

Article Dyslexia: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of diagnosis and treatment (Catts & Hogan, 2021) has been since published in The Reading League Journal

Article The Science of Learning to Read Words (Ehri, 2020)

Article The Critical Role of Instructional Response for Identifying Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities (Miciak & Fletcher, 2020)

Activity Book #25-27, 29-31, 46-47

Irregular Word Reading

CORE Reading Sourcebook Chapter 7

Article Evidence Challenges Teaching Words by Sight (Moats, 2020)

Article Orthographic Mapping in the Acquisition of Sight Word Reading, Spelling Memory, and Vocabulary Learning

Article Rethinking Sight Words

A New Model for Teacher High-Frequency Words (Readsters)

Videos (watch explainers at the top and some examples below) Heart Word Magic

Video (5 min) High Frequency Word Introduction

Video (<2 min) High Frequency Word Fluency

Activity Book #49-51

Multisyllabic Word Reading

CORE Reading Sourcebook Ch 8

Video (41 min) How to Help Students Read Long Words (Dr. Devin Kearns)

Video (13 min) Reading Multisyllable Words with Xavier, Third Grader (Linda Farrell on Reading Rockets)

Article Helping Students with Dyslexia Read Long Words: Using Syllables and Morphemes (Kearns & Whaley, 2018)

Article Does English Have Useful Syllable Division Patterns? (Kearns, 2020)

Article Catch Them Before They Fall (Torgesson, 1998)

Activity Book #32-35, 38-40


Video Example of a spelling program (Bonham Elementary)

Module Reading Rocket’s Spelling Module

Article How Words Cast Their Spell (Joshi et al., 2008)

Article How Spelling Supports Reading (Moats, 2005)

Article Effective Spelling Instruction for Students With Learning Disabilities (Sayeski, 2011)

Free On-Demand Webinar (1 hour) Teaching Spelling Using a Structured Literacy Approach (Dr. Louisa Moats)

Activity Book #56-63


CORE Reading Sourcebook Ch 9 & 10

Module Reading Rockets Fluency Module

Video (4 min) Repeated Reading Example and (3 min) Partner Reading Example (Institute of Education Sciences [IES]: REL Southeast)

Resource Repeated Reading with Goal Setting for Reading Fluency (Iowa Reading Research Center)

Article Reading Fluency Assessment and Instruction: What, why, and how? (Hudson, Lane, & Pullen, 2005)

Article Oral Reading Fluency Norms: A Valuable Assessment Tool for Reading Teachers (Hasbrouck & Tindal, 2006)

Blog Oral Reading Fluency is NOT a Measure of Reading Fluency (Hasbrouck, 2014)

Article Learning to Read Words: Theory, Findings, and Issues (Ehri, 2005)

Activity Book #70, 72


CORE Reading Sourcebook Section V Introduction (p.405-418) & CORE Ch 11

Module Reading Rocket’s Vocabulary Module

Article What is Most Important to Know About Vocabulary (Kucan, 2012)

Video A Teaching Routine for Academic Vocabulary in Grades PreK-1 (IES, REL West)

Blog Five Things Every Teacher Should Know about Vocabulary Instruction (Shanahan)

Activity Book #83, 87-89

Expanding Knowledge of the World through Morphology and Reading in the Content Areas

CORE Reading Sourcebook Ch 12

Article “Reading Comprehension Requires Knowledge— of Words and the World” (E. D. Hirsch, Jr.)

Video Bringing Close Reading and Text-Based Questions into an Interactive Read Aloud (TCRWP)

WebinarMorphology Matters: Using Bases & Affixes to Develop Vocabulary in Students of All Ages” (William Van Cleave) and related handout

Video Morphology Lesson 1 (Logic of English)

Classroom Example Video Year 3 Morphology Lesson (Tessa Daffern)

Web Resource Teaching Morphology: Enhancing Vocabulary Development and Reading Comprehension (Mary Stowe, William & Mary School of Education)

Activity Book #75, 76, 80, 82

Teaching Reading Comprehension

CORE Reading Sourcebook Section VI Introduction (p.609-632) & “What” sections of CORE Ch 14/15

Article The Usefulness of Brief Reading Comprehension Instruction (Willingham, 2006)

Video Expert Minute with Nancy Hennessy on Reading Comprehension (Center for Dyslexia, MTSU)

Blog Comprehension Skills or Strategies: Is there a difference and does it matter? (Shanahan)

Blog Knowing and Reading–What Can We Do to Make Sure Kids Know Enough to Comprehend (Shanahan)

Activity Book #91

Looking at Language Comprehension Difficulties

Explore the website about Language Comprehension difficulty–Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

Video (<5 min) What is DLD? DLD 1-2-3

Article Specific Reading Comprehension Disability: Major Problem, Myth, or Misnomer? (Spencer, Quinn, & Wagner, 2014)

Article If We Don’t Look, We Won’t See: Measuring Language Development to Inform Literacy Instruction (Adlof & Hogan, 2019)

Preview and download the NLM Listening Assessments (Benchmark and Progress Monitoring Booklets), part of the Cubed Assessment (Free language comprehension screening tool)

Video (<4 min) Example of NLM administration to screen for language comprehension difficulties (First Grade Progress Monitoring Story 1)

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