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Lesson 5:

Catherine teaches reading strategies

To help her children with their reading, Catherine shows them how to use reading strategies when they struggle to read a word. One common strategy is to look at the illustrations in the book for clues. For example, if a child cannot read the word mountain, Catherine has the child review the corresponding picture in the book for clues. Catherine hopes that the child, by looking at the persons or objects depicted in the picture, will correctly guess that the unknown word is mountain.

The Alternative Lesson Plan

Many children have learned successfully with this lesson.  But for those continuing to struggle, the alternative lesson plan is as follows:

  • Teach reading strategies that work to enhance children’s decoding skills.

While using the illustrations to determine the meaning of unknown words may work in some cases, some children may over-rely on this strategy and avoid reading by using their letter-sound knowledge.  These children need different strategies that work to enhance their decoding skills.

Improve your instruction of young learners

To learn the specific methods for teaching this lesson correctly, please see Programs and Get the Books.