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Do you want to ensure that your students have the skills they need before they begin reading decodable texts? Research indicates that pre-reading activities are essential for helping students develop the phonemic awareness and vocabulary skills needed to decode texts successfully. Join Rachel Scott for this hands-on, interactive workshop as we lean on Wiley Blevins’ book “Choosing and Using Decodable Texts” to explore practical “before-reading” routines that can be used in small groups. Rachel will focus specifically on introducing target phonics skills, blending lines, and teaching new high-frequency words. Get ready to maximize the effectiveness of your small group reading sessions with decodable texts! Rachel’s expertise as a literacy instructional specialist will equip you with the tools and strategies you need to understand, plan, and implement successful “before-reading” routines in a small group using decodable texts. 

This is workshop one of four for the series titled “Tools and Strategies for Small-group Instruction Using Decodable Texts.” We recommend viewing Rachel’s 30-minute session “Tapping into the Power of Decodable Texts” prior to beginning this workshop series, as it unpacks the basics of decodable texts in the classroom. 

 Key Takeaways: 

  1. Gain insights into exercises and activities that build phonemic awareness, crucial for effective decoding. 
  2. Learn how to pre-teach and review essential vocabulary to aid comprehension and fluency. 
  3. Understand how to establish clear reading goals to focus students' attention and enhance their engagement with the text. 
  4. Discover strategies for activating prior knowledge to help students make meaningful connections with the new material. 

Workshop Details: 

While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on demand and earn up to four continuing education credits. 

Special Technology Instructions: 

Attendees will need access to an internet-enabled device and a personal Google account (not affiliated with their school). SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.


Participants will have communication and collaboration and opportunities throughout the training to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.  

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