Research indicates that in the first 18 months of learning to read, the presentation of decodable reading material will generate the highest gains. This means within the Foundation school year and into Year 1, all students will benefit from two years of full access to decodable reading books. For some students, decodable reading material is also required in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
PLD’s Downloadable Decodable Reading Material
PLD’s Phonic Dictation resources contain short, phonic-rich passages in which students are encouraged to read each day and have their oral reading timed. Repeated reading is an evidence-based technique to develop fluency. The tasks will also benefit phonic concept transferring into writing.
Do PLD Phonic Dictation Passages also Target Editing and Writing?
Our phonic dictation tasks require minimal photocopying and present a phonic-based reading, editing and writing process that is straight forward to communicate to students. A simple weekly routine may look like:
Monday: Read the allocated passage and time the reading (could be set for homework). Task 2: A simple comprehension task, in which students illustrate (and label) as many elements in the passage as is possible.
Tuesday: Read the allocated passage and time the reading (could be set for homework). Task 3: Copying and handwriting practice, by rewriting the passage.
Wednesday: Read the allocated passage and time the reading (could be set for homework). Task 4: Editing practise by identifying and correcting the errors within the passage.
Thursday: Read the allocated passage and time the reading (could be set for homework). Task 5: First attempt at the rewriting of the passage in the context of dictation.
Friday: Read the allocated passage with expression. Task 5: Second attempt at the rewriting of the passage in the context of dictation.
Examples of PLD Dictation Reading Material
We have phonic dictation tasks for all PLD stages. Click on the thumbnails below for the stage you are interested in, to downlad 18 pages of examples and ready-to-use resources. There are also companion videos you can watch for more details.
Digital Phonic Dictation Resources
Due to popular demand, the Phonic Dictation resources have been digitised! These eBooks contain between 42 and 74 phonic passages per stage. Find out more about our Phonic Dictation eBooks by clicking on the links below.
Decodable Reading Books
We have sourced a wide range of fiction and non fiction decodable reading books that match our SSP sequence. A variety of home reading and group reading sets are available for junior primary, middle and upper primary. See our whole range here.
- Why Decodable Reading Books Are Superior to Whole-Language Books When Learning to Read
- How Do Decodable Readers Function Within The PLD Process?
- Strategies to Improve Reading Fluencyhttps://pld-literacy.org/reading-fluency-continuous-reading-vs-repeated-reading/
About PLD Literacy
PLD provides an Australian, evidence-based approach to Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) for primary school educators. Aligned with the Science of Reading, PLD’s SSP approach extends from the Junior Primary years through to the Upper Primary years and thereby facilitating a whole school approach.
PLD’s method is derived from the disciplines of speech pathology, occupational therapy and education. As an Australian publisher and professional development provider, PLD advocates that literacy and learning outcomes are maximised for children when their Literacy, Oral Language and Movement & Motor skills are targeted.
PLD’s Structured Synthetic Phonics Teaching Overview
PLD’s Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) program is an Australian evidence-based whole-school offering that is aligned with the Science of Reading. The PLD teaching sequence commences with initial (simple) code and gradually introduces extended code. All of the PLD programs are supported by downloadable teaching sequences and companion screening and tracking manuals for each primary school year level; Early Years, Foundation, Year 1 & 2 and Year 3, 4, 5 & 6.
AUSPELD Recommends PLD Programs
PLD has a positive working relationship with SPELDs in various states. Many of the SPELDs have been supplied with a full collection of the PLD programs for their libraries and PLD also collaborates annually with workshop presentations throughout Australia.
AUSPELD provides recommendations on evidence-based programs that are backed by current research, linked to improved academic results and supported by independent reviews of the effectiveness of the program. This allows schools to make informed choices on the programs they implement and thereby preventing the number of students with a dyslexia diagnosis.
AUSPELD applies the three-tier approach to implementing Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) in schools. This is explained here.