Foundational Reading Skills Self Paced (Grades K-5th)

Foundational Reading Skills Self Paced (Grades K-5th)

Foundation Reading Skills

Self Paced 9 Week Course

Instructor: Schad

Class Syllabus

Foundational Reading Skills

Class Description: Foundational Reading Skills is a 9-week course designed to help students master the basics of reading the English language. This class covers letter-sound association all the way to multi-syllabic words, but at the core of this class is phonemic and phenological awareness. Students will be taught to not only know letters and sounds but understand how and why letters and words are pronounced the way they are in certain situations. 

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to…

  1. State the sounds of all the letters in the alphabet. 

  2. Recognize patterns for when letters make certain sounds in words.

  3. Utilize reading strategies to sound out/spell a word. 

  4. Read a decodable text independently. 

Weekly Schedule:

Week 1: Letter/Sound Association

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to write the letters of the alphabet (upper and lower case). Students will be able to identify the sounds of the letters of the alphabet. 

Week 2: CVC Words and Short Vowel Sounds

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to look at each letter in a word and know the sound that it makes. Students will be able to identify when a vowel makes its short sound.

Week 3: CVCe Words and Long Vowels

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to state the long sounds of vowels. Students will be able to identify how the sound of a vowel changes when a silent e is at the end of the word.  

Week 4: Blends and Digraphs 

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to blend letters in words to make one continuous sound. Students will be able to state that blends and digraphs can come at any point of a word. Students will be able to give examples of letters that make up digraphs and letters that make up blends. 


Week 5: Two Syllable Words

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to identify compound words using the double consonant rule. Students will segment and break apart words into individual parts. 

Week 6: Inflectional Endings 

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to distinguish a base word from a suffix. Students will be able to differentiate inflected endings when pronouncing words (ex: how a word may be pronounced when ending with -ed vs -es). Students will be able to list at least three examples of inflected endings.  

Week 7: Vowel Teams and R-controlled Vowels 

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to correctly identify vowel teams in words. Students will be able to correctly pronounce words with vowel teams with at least 90% accuracy. Students will be able to give at least three examples of words that have r-controlled vowels. 

Week 8: Diphthongs

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to read and spell words with the diphthongs: ow, ou, oi, oy. Students will be able to provide four examples of words with diphthongs. 

Week 9: Multisyllabic Words

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to read multisyllabic words independently. Students will be able to break down words into syllables 90% of the time. 


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