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If There Was Only One Literacy Book to Purchase

This post is from an attendee of a recent Professional Development (PD) seminar and is related to our most popular Literacy Book Resource for planning and implementing a phonics-based spelling process.

“Hello Diana, our school came to your PLD Learning Day a few weeks ago. We are wondering what the Literacy Book was called […] that has everything in the one book for every year level. You said it would become our Bible in teaching literacy. We have looked on the website and can not find it anywhere but would really like to get a few copies.”

This is a great question. If I was working in Years 1 to 7 and there was a single PLD resource to purchase that would assist with planning and implementing a phonics-based spelling process it would be the Phonic and Sight Word Sequence. This PLD Literacy Book resource has pages of spelling list words for Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 plus screening and activity suggestions.

Diana Rigg wrote the original version of the Phonic and Sight Word Sequence more than 10 years ago and after many revisions, the program remains PLD’s all-time bestseller and most loved PLD’s Literacy Book resource.

Click here to view PLD’s Phonic and Sight Word Sequence, some sample pages and the video.

By middle and upper primary, classes typically have a huge range in ability levels. Using the placement tests in Phonic and Sight Word Sequence levels are quickly established and class-specific content can be devised. This best-selling Literacy Book resource covers Foundation all the way through to Year 6 and provides teachers and parents with:

  • A structured whole-school scope and sequence for primary schools, outlining phonic concepts, spelling rules, morphology, reading and spelling words, sight words and assessments.
  • Termly reviews are provided for establishing the range in ability, for reviewing progress and for measurable data.
  • Stages 1, 2 and 3 primarily outline structured synthetic phonics content along with common bound morpheme suffixes.
  • Stages 4, 5 and 6 are comprised of structured synthetic plus more sophisticated word attack spelling based upon syllables, prefixes, suffixes, and morphemes.
  • Placement tests, term reviews, and short investigations, when students are slow to progress, are included.
  • Guidelines for the explicit teaching of sight words are contained within the appendix.

To find out how the 4th edition of this Literacy Book differs from previous versions, click here.

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