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Decoding Strategy for Longer Words
1. Look for prefixes and suffixes
2. Look at base/root word
3. Scoop syllables in baseword (What’s the vowel sound?)
4. Read base/root word
5. Add prefix/suffix back and read whole word
dis and re are prefixes, ful is a suffix
spect is a root word with a short vowel sound
You just read a four syllable word!!
Last week, we did some work around setting a purpose for your reading, and discussed how reading for different purposes will make different details stand out to you. We started with an activity where students broke up into 2 groups, reading the same passage (see attached). One group read as if they were thinking about buying the house, and one as if they were thinking about burgling the house. When we went over it together afterwards, students were able to see how they took away something different from the reading depending on the purpose that was set. We are going to continue moving through some different reading strategies through the lens of reading purpose.
At Home Tip
When students are doing a reading assignment at home, it would be helpful to encourage them to think about their "purpose" or "focus". Are there questions they have to answer? A writing prompt they are looking for evidence for? A specific discussion question that the teacher has given them? When students read with their purpose in mind, the details they need to know will be more visible to them.
-Jennifer Morse, Reading Specialist
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Stephanie Forrest: I am the literacy coach at the Galvin Middle School. Previously, I was an elementary school teacher in Lexington, MA, and a professor at Salem State University in the School of Education. I work closely with both teachers and students to promote and foster reading and writing development in the classroom and beyond.