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August 1 @ 9:00 am August 5 @ 3:30 pm

Word Study: Teaching Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling in Grades 3-8

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Learn how phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and word study contribute to the development of readers and writers in the intermediate and middle grades.

In this 5-day training for teachers, learn the importance of instruction in vocabulary, spelling, and word analysis skills in the intermediate grades and middle school.

Register to participate in-person at Lesley University or virtually!

Date(s):
August 1-5, 2022
Time:
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
5 days
Location:
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
3-8
Focus:
Literacy Teaching
Audience:
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Credit:
Non-credit; graduate credit available
Cost:
$895 + cost of required professional texts
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
  • Additional fees for graduate credit
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Requirements, Policies & Graduate Credit

In this course, learn how to assess, plan, and teach effective phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and word study lessons.

Word study provides students with an opportunity to engage in inquiry and actively work with words to understand how they work. Through word study, students expand their knowledge in the areas of word learning and become effective and efficient when reading and writing increasingly more complex words.

Examine the teaching of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary in an authentic literacy classroom for grades 3-8. Investigate essential categories of learning. Analyze teaching and engage in inquiry to deepen your understanding of how words work. Come away with a set of instructional practices for effective teaching across a range of students.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand the relationship between phonics, spelling, and vocabulary, and how students develop competencies over time
  • Explore categories of word learning: letter/sound relationships, spelling patterns, high frequency words, word meaning/vocabulary, word structure, and word-solving actions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of foundational language systems: phonology, morphology, and orthography
  • Examine the importance of word consciousness and how to nurture in students an awareness, interest, and curiosity of words
  • Build knowledge of how to provide explicit inquiry-based instruction that helps all students, including those who are learning the English language; develop essential understandings of how words work
  • Differentiate word study teaching to address varying strengths and needs and assure the success of English language learners and students who may need additional support

You can take this course for noncredit and earn 35 professional development hours, or you can take it for 3 graduate credits.

Please visit the Requirements, Policies & Graduate Credit tab for the professional texts you are responsible for purchasing/having access to for this course.

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Transition from In-Person to Virtual:

In-person training is currently available to a limited number of participants and you may choose that option. Should any of the conditions change and it is determined the training can be offered online only, you will be notified as soon as possible.

At this point in time, participants who have opted to come to Lesley University for the in-person format of professional learning must be prepared to follow Lesley University’s protocols (click for more information). Check this page for the most up-to-date information about safety protocols before you arrive and during your time on-campus.

Required Texts

You are responsible for purchasing/having access to the following professional texts for this course:

  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2017). The Fountas & Pinnell comprehensive phonics, spelling, and word study guide. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishing.
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2017).  The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishing.
  • Rasinski, T., Padak, N., Newton, R.M., & Newton, E. (2008). Greek & Latin roots: Keys to building vocabulary. Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.

Required Readings

You are responsible for purchasing/having access to the following readings for this course:

  • Joshi, R. M., Treiman, R., Carreker, S., & Moats, L. C. (2009). How words cast their spell: Spelling is an integral part of learning the language, not a matter of memorization. American Educator, Winter 2008-2009, 6-16 & 42-43.
  • Fountas, I. C. & Pinnell, G. S. (2020). Twelve Compelling Principles from the Research on Effective Phonics Instruction. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Recommended Texts and Readings:

  • Beck, I. L., McKeown, M. G., & Kucan, L. (2013). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction.  2nd. Ed. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
  • Cobb, C. & Blachowicz, C. (2014). No more “look up the list” vocabulary instruction. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Crosson, A. C. & Lesaux, N. K. (2013). Connectives: Fitting another piece of the vocabulary instruction puzzle. The Reading Teacher, 67(3), 193-200.
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (1998). Word matters: Teaching phonics and spelling in the reading/writing classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2009). Words matter: Building power in vocabulary. In When readers struggle: Teaching that works (pp. 152-173). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Graves, M. F., August, D., & Martinez-Mancilla, J. (2013). Teaching vocabulary to English language learners. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Rasinski, T., Padak, N., Newton, R. M., & Newton, E. (2011). The Latin-Greek connection: Building vocabulary through morphological study. The Reading Teacher, 65 (2), 133-141.
  • Templeton, S. (2002). Effective spelling instruction in the middle grades: It’s a lot more than memorization. Voices From the Middle, 9(3), 8-14.

Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies

Non-credit

You must cancel in writing two weeks before the start of the course to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email CRRLC@lesley.edu to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at any time. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Graduate Credit

Review the university’s cancellation and refund policies for credit bearing courses.

Requirements for Participation

After the training, you will receive a certificate of attendance for your participation. To receive a complete certificate, participation during the specified times is required. Additional work may be assigned to meet the professional development hours.

Graduate Credit Option

With additional assignments and fees, this course can be taken for 3 graduate credits. To participate in this course for graduate credit, you need to be teaching in a classroom in grades 3–8 or have access to a small group of students you can work with over time. Contact CRRLC@lesley.edu to register for credit.

  • $1,990 ($650*/credit + $40 registration fee) *subject to change
  • Course number: EEDUC 6049.34

With Your Colleagues Option

We can deliver this training to your school/district. This option can be delivered virtually or in-person for a group within your school/district.

Fees & Policies

  • Fees are determined by the number of participants and the duration of training.
  • If applicable, travel expenses for each trainer (airfare, hotel, meals, and rental car) are an additional cost to be paid by the district.
  • Professional development sessions that require extensive travel or overnight stays (if applicable) may incur an additional surcharge.
  • If the number of participants exceeds the maximum, another trainer may be needed. This will increase training costs and travel expenses.
  • Unless otherwise noted, fees do not include the cost of any required books or materials. The faculty trainer will consult with the district to select books based on the topics and the district’s needs.
  • School districts in the same geographic area participating in the same training may combine their resources to meet participant minimums. Payment must be on one district’s purchase order.

For detailed costs, complete our online form to request this training for your school/district and we will contact you.

Interested in professional learning at your school 
or district? Schedule a meeting with one of our faculty trainers.

“I’ve been teaching for 30+ years and learned so much from this course. As a result, my instructional practices will be more explicit and effective.”

Cindy Neese, Classroom Teacher, Harrison Central School District, New York