Course #3: Word Identification

This course is part of the Online Professional Development Certificate Program

 Research-Based Reading Instructions and Interventions: Elementary Level

About this Course

This course is designed to provide an overview of strategies and instruction related to word recognition and word identification.


Course goals:

As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --

1. Understand how to teach word identification strategies

2. Design activities to develop all three cueing systems used to recognize words (semantic, syntactic, and phonological)

3. Implement new strategies to enhance students’ ability to recognize letter sounds and letter patterns

4. Teach the four word identification strategies (morphemic analysis, analogies, context, and phonics)

5. Design activities and utilize pedagogical strategies to enhance student’s ability to recognize sight words

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Reading Assignments

• Chapter 10: Phonics  

• Chapter 11: Strategies for Developing Word Identification Skills

Text:  10 Essential Instructional Elements for Students with Reading Difficulties: A Brain-Friendly Approach’ (Johnson, 2016).

Video Mini-Lectures


Reflective Analysis and Response Assignment

Select any three of the strategies above to try in your classrooms. Implement each strategy for at least two weeks (you can do this simultaneously).  Then, conduct a reflective analysis using the below template.  Share your results on the FlipGrid discussion.  This discussion format allows you to share your ideas using short, recorded videos (90 seconds or less).  It is simple to use.  Go to the site below to record your ideas:      Use the password: ReadingAJ

Report and Analysis Form

Date(s) of implementation:
1. How did you use the strategy?
2. What seemed to work well?
3. What would you do differently?
4. Other observations and analysis:

Discussion Web Responding Guide

1. Interesting.  Find and describe some part of the entry that you like or find to be interesting or useful.

2. Question.  Find and describe some part of the entry about which you’d like more information or have questions.

3. Extension or application.  Identify and describe other ideas, applications, or extensions you might have related to the entry.

4. Other.