About the Authors
Jan Richardson, Ph.D., a reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher leader, staff developer, and teacher of every grade from kindergarten through high school, has transformed guided reading for tens of thousands of teachers and students.
Michèle Dufresne, a former Reading Recovery teacher leader and literacy specialist, turned her commitment to teaching children to read into the focus of her writing, speaking, and staff development.
The Making Words Strategy
The sounds that students hear in a word must match the letters they see. Making Words teaches students how to monitor for a visual and auditory match. This process is called synchrony. Students who lack synchrony tend to make errors such as saying had for the word have or saying came for come without noticing their mistake. Making Words also teaches left-to-right visual scanning across a word.
Each student will work with a set of letters to make a series of words that you dictate. Each word in the series should differ by a letter or letter cluster. Asking students to create a new word by making minimal changes draws their attention to the letter/sound sequences in words.
Download the Tip Sheet for ideas on how to adapt the Making Words strategy.Download
Download the word list for emergent readers.Download
Download the word list for digraphs and blends.Download
Watch and Learn
Jan explains how and why the Making Words strategy helps students become better readers.
Making Words with students at three reading stages: