Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne

 

The sounds students hear in a word must match the letters they see. Making Words teaches students how to monitor for a visual and auditory match. This process is called synchrony. Students who lack synchrony tend to make errors such as saying had for the word have or saying came for come without noticing their mistake. Making Words also teaches left-to-right visual scanning across a word.

 

Each student will work with a set of letters to make a series of words you dictate. Each word in the series should differ by a letter or letter cluster. Asking students to create a new word by making minimal changes draws their attention to the letter/sound sequences in words.

 

MEET OUR AUTHORS

Jan Richardson, a reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher leader, staff developer, and teacher of every grade, K–12, has transformed guided reading for tens of thousands of teachers and students. 

 

Michèle Dufresne, a former Reading Recovery teacher leader and literacy specialist, turned her commitment to teaching children to read into the focus of her writing, speaking, and staff development.

Video

The Making Words Strategy

Jan explains how and why the Making Words strategy helps students become better readers.

 

Making Words in Action

Jan and Michèle do Making Words with students at three reading stages: emergent, early, and transitional.

Learning at Home

Download the Tip Sheet for ideas on adapting the Making Words strategy to learning at home. Two word lists are included to help you choose words to teach.

Web Links

Click here to watch Jan and Michèle’s recent webinar Teaching Systematic and Differentiated Word Study During Guided Reading to learn how to assess students’ needs and provide the right support to help them become proficient word solvers and independent readers.

 

Click here to read a chapter excerpt from The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics, the book in which Jan and Michèle describe Making Words and many other strategies.

 

Click here to order The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics, the book in which Jan and Michèle describe Making Words and many other strategies.

 

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