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Samantha Monaco

Module 5 Annotations/Reading Reflection/Dr.Seuss Book

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Hello everyone!

The readings this week were very interesting to me. I'm currently taking SED 435 so phonics instruction is something that I'm very familiar with now and will begin tutoring starting this coming Thursday. The two readings that I chose to annotate were the CCSS and Trachtenburg's Phonics Literature. Here is the link to my annotations:

Reading Reflection

1. CCSS: The common core state standards is a document that I'm becoming more and more familiar with. The document comes up in all of my EDU and SED courses and is incredibily important to us future teachers. When annotating, I mentioned some books that could be used to meet the standards but a lot of the times the book choice could have varied depending on the actual lesson being taught. One main point that I made was explaining that if you look at a certain standard and Kindergarten and watch the progression of difficulty in the same standard across grades, it's very interesting. You'll see that in Kindergarten the students have prompting and support, grade 1 they lose that support and by grade 2 the standard is increasingly difficult and so on.

2. Trachtenburg's Phonics Literature: This reading was one that I had mixed feelings on. As I've mentioned, I'm currently taking a phonincs instruction course so some of the information contradicted what I'm learning. One example was how in the beginning it mentioned quickly how students who participate in read-a-longs and shared reading experiences would spontanteously begin reading. This is not going to happen. Eventually in the article, they changed the view to a combination of actual literature and phonics instruction in a whole-part-whole fashion. They explained and provided an example lesson. After reading the lesson and the point that was made about carefully selecting this teaching approach, I felt a little better about it. Overall though, I belive that the main focus should be explicit phonics instruction and once students are suceeding with this then they could go and read real texts on their own. Of course, the teacher could still read aloud to them because this helps them develop their vocabulary.

Dr. Seuss Book/Activity

The Dr. Seuss book that I chose was "Horton Hears A Who". The reason that I chose this book was because I just completed an extremely cute bulletin board at my daycare based off of this book. What I did was read the book, get the students familiar with the book and excited about it. We then took their pictures and created a bulletin board that looked like this one below! There are so many fun/exciting things you can do with Dr. Seuss books!