Karen Filewych

Karen is an educator, author, and literacy consultant who lives in Alberta. She has more than twenty-five years of experience as a teacher, school administrator, and Language Arts consultant. In 2007, Karen completed her Master of Education degree at the University of Alberta with a focus on literacy. She is the author of three professional books and seven of Pearson’s Bug Club Phonics Decodable Readers. She enjoys sharing her love of literacy and empowering others through professional development sessions for teachers, writing residencies for students, and literacy workshops for parents. Karen authored many of the Bug Club Morphology reading passages, the pedagogical text on all student cards, and the lesson for each card.

A message from Karen…

As a Language Arts consultant, I was often asked how to approach word study with students beyond the primary grades. My answer was always “morphology.” And yet, there were few resources available and nothing I considered comprehensive. As the focus on morphology has become more prominent and explicit in curricula across the country, teachers are asking more questions and searching for resources to support instruction. In addition, research strongly recommends the explicit teaching of morphology to students. Bug Club Morphology is a response to both the research and the needs expressed by teachers and literacy consultants.

Throughout the development of this resource, I had two main goals in mind:

•    Empower teachers with easy-to-follow lessons, grounded in research-based pedagogy, and relevant background information.

•    Provide teachers with engaging student materials so they will not have to spend precious time searching for texts that include multiple examples of words with the morphemes they want to teach.

Bug Club Morphology achieves these goals. The scope and sequence provides a timely, developmentally appropriate way to approach morphology instruction in our classrooms. The practical information for teachers, combined with meaningful reading passages for students, leads to lessons that support strong morphology instruction, while at the same time addressing many other aspects of Language Arts curricula.