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What's a Schwa Sound Anyway?: A Holistic Guide to Phonetics, Phonics, and Spelling
by Sandra Wilde
To many teachers who began their careers with basal readers, the schwa sound was part of what led them to whole language in the first place. If they didn't even understand linguistic terminology themselves, how could they be expected to teach it to kids? Yet many teachers still wonder about letters and sounds and phonics. What role does phonics play in learning to read? Do ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published April 21st 1997 by Heinemann Educational Books
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This is a really excellent book for teachers of reading. A basic grasp of our linguistic system is a critical, and often overlooked, component of expertise in literacy instruction. Whether a teacher has fallen into the trap of thinking she's using a "whole language" approach, but is actually not incorporating enough word work, or whether she relies too heavily on a basal reader or spelling program for her phonics component without understanding the decisions behind those programs, this book can ...more