1st Edition

Reading Success in the Early Primary Years A Teacher's Guide to Implementing Systematic Instruction

By Jocelyn Seamer Copyright 2023
    216 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Reading Success in the Early Primary Years is a step-by-step guide to structured literacy instruction for teachers working in the early years of primary school. Written by a teacher, for teachers, this book supports teachers to understand the evidence base of reading instruction and how to successfully implement it.

    Structured in three parts, the book breaks down complex concepts in a concise, accessible manner, guiding teachers on eight key actions to take to get every child on the path to reading proficiency. These include instruction in phonics, phonological and phonemic awareness, integrated reading and spelling opportunities, and the use of decodable texts. Highly practical, Reading Success in the Early Primary Years offers over 20 explicit instructional routines that teachers can implement in their classrooms and guidance on how to get the most out of instructional time. These practical elements are further supported by a summary of relevant research and theories about how reading develops, including an outline of high impact, explicit teaching that draws on cognitive load theory.

    Rich with sample lesson plans, tools, and examples from real classrooms, this book allows teachers to get on with the business of teaching reading. This is a must-have resource for all who are responsible for children’s reading instruction in the first three years of school.

    Introduction Part I: Setting up for Success 1. The Theoretical Underpinnings of the Big Six 2. What to Teach 3. Bang for Your Buck Teaching 4. Differentiation and Supporting Students with Reading Difficulty Part II: The 8 Key Actions 5. 8 Key Actions One, Two, Three, and Four 6. Key Actions Five, Six, Seven, and Eight Part III: Structured Literacy Practices 7. High Impact Teaching 8. Organising the Literacy Block 9. Oral Language and Vocabulary 10. Phonological and Phonemic Awareness 11. Phonics 12. Using Decodable Texts 13. Irregular High Frequency Words 14. Text Level Reading 15. Skills-Based Assessment


    Jocelyn Seamer is a teacher and former school leader who provides simple, practical solutions to help teachers implement structured literacy instruction. She can be reached at www.jocelynseamereducation.com

    'Seamer’s book on systematic instruction to enable reading success in the early primary years could not be better timed. While the science of reading has been long established, it is only now that Australian educational policy and curriculum are starting to to align with its principles. This book offers practising teachers clear and engaging information about the ‘what’, the ‘how and the ‘why’ of evidence-based reading instruction. It also provides practical guidance on how this can be immediately put into practice in the classroom and how to personalise for each child on the basis if need. Readers of this book will emerge not only better informed and equipped but also ready to implement what they have learnt in the classroom. Armed with this book, teachers can set up all children for success at school by making sure they learn to "crack the code" of the most complex writing system in the world.'

    Dr Kate de Bruin, Senior Lecturer, School of Curriculum, Teaching and Inclusive Education, Monash University, Australia.