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Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction, Second Edition
Marcia K. Henry | Foreword by Maryanne Wolf
Brookes Publishing / Softcover / Jul 2010
9781598570748 (ISBN-10: 1598570749)
Language Arts & Disciplines
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The updated second edition of Unlocking Literacy is here—and now pre- and inservice educators will have the very latest research and practical guidance on teaching good reading and spelling skills. Developed for general and special educators of students from prekindergarten to middle school and beyond, the new edition of this bestselling textbook arms teachers with the most recent developments in reading research and shows them how to apply their knowledge in the classroom to help all students learn.

Focusing on two interlocking skills—decoding and spelling—this textbook gets teachers ready to:

promote students' print awareness and phonological awareness through letter naming, letter forming, and listening and speaking activities such as poetry and play
improve students' spelling skills by teaching the origins of English words, Anglo-Saxon base words, Latin affixes and roots, Greek combining forms, and multisyllabic words
help students understand and correctly use the components of the English language, including common consonant and vowel patterns, syllable patterns, common spelling rules, prefixes and suffixes, roots, nonphonetic words, and contractions
deepen older students' proficiency with language by introducing less common Latin roots and Greek combining forms, new words entering the English language, and lessons built around themes such as calendars and mythology

To help educators teach with confidence once they're in the classroom, this text is packed with practical, immediately applicable material. Educators will get engaging classroom activities (including 21 NEW activities suitable for use all students, including English language learners); lesson plans incorporating multisensory, language-based instruction; samples of student work; explanations of current research; and even more websites and reference material to strengthen their instruction.

An essential text for college and university courses on reading instruction—and an ideal professional development resource for inservice educators—this new edition of a classic bestseller will help teachers unlock literacy for all their students.


Another masterful contribution to the professional literature by one of the education's leading literacy experts. This book provides the practical tools needed to build fluent readers.
—Donald D. Deshler, Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Director, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas

"Once again Marcia Henry has created a treasure chest of practical teaching tips for helping students coordinate the sound, spelling, and word parts for meaning in learning to read and spell. Research shows this approach works!"
—Virginia Berninger, Professor of Educational Psychology, Director of University of Washington Brain Education and Technology--Education Site, and Coordinator, Research Area on Learning Disabilities, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Rese

"This updated edition, like its predecessor, is the most authoritative text on the origins of English orthography and the development of decoding and spelling skills. A stellar contribution that is a must read for anyone engaged in teaching children to read."
—G. Reid Lyon, Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

"Since the first edition was published, I have referred to and recommended this wonderful book over and over again. No teacher, especially of intermediate and middle grade students, should be without this book."
—Louisa Moats, President, Moats Associates Consulting, Inc.

"For those who enjoy the thrill of an 'aha' moment, there is one on every page. If you care about making a difference, this book will be your constant companion."
—G. Emerson Dickman, Immediate Past President, International Dyslexia Association

"Many teachers will be encountering some of this information anew; for others, it will be a refresher course. All, however, will benefit greatly from this important volume."
—Keith E. Stanovich, University of Toronto, author of Progress in Understanding Reading

"A wonderful resource . . . Sharing effective and engaging teaching methods, Marcia Henry shows how to help students across the grades become strong readers and spellers with sophisticated vocabulary knowledge."
—Susan Brady, University of Rhode Island and Haskins Laboratories

"As a speech-language pathologist, I believe this text is a most welcome resource for supporting children with language-learning disabilities in the classroom and in group or individual instruction."
—Cheryl Smith Gabig, Speech-Language Pathologist, Lehman College/ City University of New YorkSpeech-Language Pathologist, Lehman College/ City University of New York

Table of Contents:

About the Author
Maryanne Wolf



I. Preparation

Decoding and Spelling: Keys to Unlocking Literacy
A Brief History of Written English
Structure of the English Language
II. Instruction

Lesson Fundamentals
First Steps: Early Instruction for Effective Decoding and Spelling
Beginning Readers: Time for the Anglo-Saxon Layer of Language
Advancing Readers: Time for the Latin and Greek Layers of Language
Competent Readers: Extending the Latin and Greek Layers of Language

A. Surveys of Language and Knowledge
B. Nonphonetic Rote Memory Word Lists
C. Compound Words
D. Prefixes
E. Suffixes
F. Latin Roots
G. Greek Combining Forms
H. Words Commonly Found in Textbooks
I. Glossary



About the Author:

Marcia K. Henry, Ph.D., brings more than 40 years of experience working in the field of reading and dyslexia as a diagnostician, tutor, teacher, and professor. Dr. Henry received her doctorate in educational psychology from Stanford University. Prior to her retirement in 1995, she was a professor in the Division of Special Education at San Jose State University, where she taught and directed the Center for Educational Research on Dyslexia. Dr. Henry taught as a Fulbright Lecturer/Research Scholar at the University of Trondheim, Norway, in 1991. Dr. Henry speaks frequently at regional, national, and international conferences on topics related to intervention strategies for dyslexic learners. She also writes for a variety of professional journals and serves on the editorial boards of Dyslexia and Annals of Dyslexia, the journals of The British Dyslexia Association and The International Dyslexia Association (IDA), respectively. Since retirement Dr. Henry has taught at the University of New Mexico, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She provides teacher training related to the teaching of reading and related language arts and consults with several school districts and states on informed reading instruction. Dr. Henry is the author of teaching materials for integrated decoding and spelling instruction. She is a past president (1992-1996) of the Orton Dyslexia Society (now known as IDA). She is a fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy and received the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award from IDA in 2000. Dr. Henry now lives on Madeline Island in Lake Superior, where she spends much of her time writing. She volunteers as a tutor at the island two-room elementary school when needed. She compiled Dyslexia: Samuel T. Orton and His Legacy for IDA's 50th anniversary in 1999.

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