Table of Contents

I. A Quality Literacy Program: Supporting Young Word Solvers

  1. Eight Principles of Literacy Learning
  2. Designing a Quality Literacy Program
  3. Becoming a Word Solver
  4. A Dynamic Classroom Environment for Word Solving
  5. Interactive Word Walls and Charts

II. Understanding Language and Words

  1. What Teachers Need to Know About Language
  2. Building on Early Learning
  3. What's in a Word? Phonological and Orthographic Awareness

III. Word Study: Investigating Letters and Words

  1. What Children Need to Know About Letters and Words
  2. Assessing What Children Know
  3. Word-Solving Strategies: Organize to Teach
  4. Teaching for Print and Sound Knowledge
  5. Word Explorers: Teaching for Strategies That Promote Active Inquiry
  6. A Comprehensive Word Study System

IV. Inside Reading and Writing: Learning About Letters and Words

  1. Interactive Writing: Developing Word-Solving Strategies
  2. The Writing Workshop: Support for Word Learning, Mary Ellen Giacobbe
  3. Reading Instruction: Systematic Observation and Teaching for Word Solving
  4. Guided Reading: Powerful Teaching for Word Solving

V. Thinking Comprehensively About Word Matters

  1. Establishing Benchmarks for Progress
  2. Thinking Comprehensively About Word Solving


  1. Alphabet Books
  2. Books for Word Play
  3. Alphabet Linking Chart
  4. 100 High-Frequency Words
  5. 500 High-Frequency Words
  6. Words with Consonants (initial and final)
  7. Words with Consonant Clusters (initial)
  8. Words with Consonant Clusters (final)
  9. Words with Consonant Digraphs (initial)
  10. Words with Consonant Digraphs (final)
  11. Words with Double Consonants
  12. Words with Short Vowel Sounds
  13. Words with Vowels and "r"
  14. Words with Silent "e"
  15. Phonograms
  16. Multisyllable Words
  17. Words with Silent Letters
  18. Contractions
  19. Compound Words
  20. Affixes
  21. Prefixes
  22. Adding Endings
  23. Synonyms
  24. Antonyms
  25. Homographs
  26. Homophones
  27. Plurals
  28. Spelling Demons
  29. Shortened Words (Clipped Words)
  30. Onomatopoeic Words
  31. Greek Roots
  32. Latin Roots
  33. Portmanteau Words
  34. Possible Minilessons
  35. Process Interview: Reading
  36. Process Interview: Writing
  37. Have a Try
  38. Word Strips for Spelling Dictionary
  39. Word Search
  40. Crossword Puzzle
  41. Words to Learn (3 samples)
  42. Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Study Sheet (2 samples)
  43. Buddy Check Sheets (3 samples)
  44. Making Connections (2 samples)
  45. My Finished Writing
  46. Topics I Can Write About
  47. My Proofreading List
  48. Frequently Used Words
  49. What I Know About Writing Words
  50. Words I'm Learning How to Write (A Personal Word Wall)
  51. Writers' Workshop Guidelines
  52. Word Study Board Icons