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Focus on Phonics (K-3)/Flex Course

 

This course focuses on effective ways to teach children to decode unknown words. Phonics basics will be emphasized along with specific ways to help students who are struggling in this area. Using context clues and structural analysis as a means of decoding will also be introduced. You will also learn how to use the making words strategy and reader’s workshop approach.

"I felt that this course touched on everything that I was looking for in the area of phonics. I felt the articles were easy to read and informative. The instructor and staff could not have been more helpful" - Megan Barberio

 

Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $134

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $364

 

Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Making Sense of Phonics: The Hows and Whys” by Isabel L. Beck

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List

 

Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 72T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC31475

Unit One

  • Focus on Phonics
  • A Dictionary of Phonics Terms
  • Introduction to the Common Core Standards for Reading
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Running Records
  • Miscue Analysis
  • Informal Reading Inventory
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • How to Use Diagnostic Information
  • Decoding, Fluency, and Comprehension
  • Decoding and Phonics
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Decoding and Structural Analysis
  • Making Words
  • Language Experience Approach
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Visual and Auditory Discrimination
  • Phonics and Spelling
  • High Frequency and Sight Words
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Reader's Workshop
  • More Making Words
  • Great Books for Teaching Phonics
  • Assignment #4: Develop three making words lessons
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)