Understanding Alphabetic Principle
The concept that our written language is a code for sounds; that letters and letter combinations represent sounds that make up words
How do I know if it's the child's most pressing need?
- Child relies more on the text's picture, on visual memory, or on parroting patterns than on the print on the page
- As soon as an unknown word is encountered, the child looks up or makes a guess that is not connected to the sounds in the words
- Child may have limited knowledge of letter-sounds and/or undeveloped phonemic awareness
Which TRI strategy most efficiently targets a student's need to grasp the alphabetic principle?
- Segmenting Words
- All other TRI Word Work strategies continue to support a child's understanding of the alphabetic principle, yet Segmenting Words is designed most specifically to target this concept.
- Watch how the Segmenting Words strategy directly addresses Rachel's need to understand the alphabetic principle.
- Watch how Thomas' reading error gives the teacher an opportunity to reinforce the alphabetic principle in the context of real reading.