The 21 free lessons comprise the first part of Chapter 1 from a book entitled Power Tools for Literacy: Accelerated Phonics, Syllables and Morphemes. It consists of 300 systematic, engaging lessons that sustain motivation and bring about rapid improvement in reading, spelling, and vocabulary. Based on Orton Gillingham principles, this program uses a highly effective phonetic approach proven successful with struggling readers, students with learning differences or dyslexia, and English learners. This technique teaches the same phonics rules taught in earlier grades, but it presents them in the context of syllable patterns. Designed for grades 3-12, Power Tools for Literacy lends itself to individual or group instruction. The look and feel of the lessons is appropriate for any age group; material that appears tailored to young children has been avoided.
A report by The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development NICHHD, 1999 states, "For those children who are at risk for reading failure, highly direct and systematic instruction to develop phonemic awareness and phonics skills is required." In keeping with this principle, the 300 lessons in this program show students how to chunk words into predictable units including phonetic elements, syllables, base words, prefixes, suffixes, Latin roots and Greek combining forms. Mastering these phonograms and morphemes enables students to decode one-syllable and polysyllabic words with accuracy. High frequency sight words are incorporated on the weekly spelling lists.
Short and long vowels with consonant
blends and digraphs
R-controlled vowels, diphthongs and
Short vowel signals
Configuration of the 7 types of syllables
Rules for dividing polysyllabic words
Accented and unaccented syllables
Reading, spelling, and defining 50 prefixes
Reading, spelling, and defining 50 suffixes
Free and bound morphemes
Latin roots and Greek combining forms
Weekly spelling lists that include high
frequency sight words