Questions and Activities

  1. List the two main components of the simple view of reading, and explain their importance in developing reading comprehension.
  2. Explain the underlying elements of word recognition. How does each contribute to successful reading comprehension?
  3. Discuss instructional activities that are helpful for teaching phonological awareness, decoding, and sight recognition of irregularly spelled, highly frequent words.
  4. View the following video showing a student named Nathan who has difficulty with word recognition (Rsogren, 2008). Which of the underlying elements of word recognition (e.g., phonological awareness, letter-sound correspondences, decoding) do you believe may be at the root of this student’s difficulties? How might you develop a new instructional plan to address these difficulties?