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Dr. Angela Jones-Pringle
Smitha Middle School
Interests: Music, Literature, ESOL, Traveling, Learning New Things
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Dear Parents and Guardians, Today is the last day of class for us. This has been an incredible end to our school year. We could not have anticipated all that has happened, but we were able to persevere together. I want to leave you with a multi-strategy task that you... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Comprehension: Text Comprehension The Simple View of Reading is a foundational theory in the scientific study of reading comprehension that suggests word recognition skills and language comprehension skills are necessary for reading comprehension. Although language comprehension skills are vital for reading success, it must also be coupled with cognitive skills... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Comprehension: Vocabulary Vocabulary and text comprehension were the first two areas of comprehension mentioned by the National Reading Panel. There are many ways to discuss vocabulary. We often have a receptive vocabulary (words we understand when they are spoken or read) and an expressive vocabulary (words we produce and use... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at Literacy Connection
What is fluency? Why is it an important reading skill? Recently, I participated in a webinar where the presenter defined fluency as accuracy and expression while reading. This is not the entire definition of fluency. We must go the the definitive source for our definition--The National Reading Panel Report (NRPR).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Supporting Word Recognition Skills at Home Part 5: High Frequency Words High frequency words (HFW) refer to the list of words that are most frequently used in text. High frequency words are often called sight words, but we know that sight words deal with orthographic mapping, or the brain's ability... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Literacy Connection
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Supporting Word Recognition Skills at Home Part 4: Morphemes Morphemes are the smallest unit of language that have meaning. (Note: Remember phonemes are the smallest unit of sound. They are not the same as morphemes). Morphemes can be base (or root) words or affixes (prefixes and suffixes). For example, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Hello Everyone, I hope you had a chance to read through the parent guide I sent earlier this week. It was a lot to absorb, and I did not want to overwhelm you with too many resources at once. Here's another resource for reading that is one of my favorites:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Hello Everyone, I hope you were able to pull away from digital learning for a week to enjoy to family time or personal down time. I am going to begin the week on a light note. I will save the heavy explanations for thriving and striving readers for later in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Please enjoy this time with your family, and I will be back next week with more tips for thriving/striving readers, as well as resources you can use at home. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Supporting Word Recognition Skills at Home Part 3 Session 3 was a discussion of phonological skills, or the awareness and manipulation of sounds in our oral language. Here is another link to help you grow in your understanding of this skills( The Development of Phonological Skills). In that session, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Supporting Word Recognition Skills at Home Part 2 Assessment is a key part of learning. A phonics inventory is a good place to start to assess which sound-letter correspondences your child knows. Some words are real words and other are nonsense words. Nonsense words are important because it removes variables... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Literacy Connection
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Supporting Word Recognition Skills at Home Part 1 Appendix A for The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) discuss the important of text complexity. Text complexity will be discussed in detail later. However, you should know that the CCSS does not specify a text complexity or reading level for children in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Word recognition skills, as well as language and text comprehension skills, are vital for developing good reading skills. However, word recognition skills are often misunderstood and explained incorrectly in many popular reading programs that are used in schools and online reading programs. Phonological awareness (including phonemic awareness), phonics, high frequency... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at Literacy Connection
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Phonics instruction is teaching sound-letter correspondences. Students who have poor phonological skills, especially phonemic awareness skills, will have difficulty associating a sound in oral language with a letter. Kindergarten (and older students struggling with associating sounds to letters)—Kindergarten students who are having difficulty with phonological skills above will have a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Phonemic awareness (PA) is the ability to hear and manipulate phonemes or the smallest unit of sound in oral language. For example, the word “dog” has three phonemes (/d/ /o/ /g/) or sounds, and the word “shot” also has three phonemes /sh/ /o/ /t/. The word “shot” has three phonemes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Literacy Connection
The National Reading Panel identified 5 key areas in learning to read: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. Phonemic awareness is the highest level of phonological awareness. Unfortunately, phonemic awareness is often overlooked, but it has been documented since the early 1990’s as a skill that is acquired... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at Literacy Connection
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It is important to note that understanding why a strategy should be used is just as important as knowing the strategy. These sessions on supporting thriving and striving readers is not just about opening a popular curriculum or reading strategies book to share strategies for reading. These sessions are designed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Literacy Connection
Believe it or not, reading is not natural. Our brains are naturally wired for spoken language but not written language. Cognitive neuroscientists, like Dr. Stanislas Dehaene, have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) to monitor and study the changes that take place in the brain when spoken language becomes visual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at Literacy Connection
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Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Literacy Connection
Background knowledge is one component of language comprehension, as suggested in the Simple View of Reading and the Reading Rope. An issue with language comprehension can impact reading comprehension scores. It can mean the difference between earning a 60% on an assessment or a 100%. This was the result of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Literacy Connection
Background Knowledge and vocabulary are essential for reading comprehension. Consider the following paragraph: “The snables tramped the mengs to the dwip. The dwip fropped. The mengs clambed a sib boogle. The snables gicked and gicked (Kilpatrick, 2015).” We can use our grammar skills to answer basic questions about what is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Literacy Connection
Parents and Guardians, Thank you so much for attending Curriculum Night. I wanted to provide some resources about a few of the topics we discussed last night. Multisensory Strategies Read these articles to learn more about multisensory strategies, and try some of the multi-sensory strategies mentioned at the end of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Literacy Connection
Parents and Guardians, Thank you so much for attending Curriculum Night. I wanted to provide some resources about a few of the topics we discussed last night. Multisensory Strategies Read this article to learn more about multisensory strategies, and try some of the multi-sensory strategies mentioned at the end of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Mrs. Pringle's 6th Grade ELA