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Succeeding in School: Essential Features of Literacy Development

Reading skills provide the foundation for academic success. From the beginning of school, students should be taught different ways of using language to help them learn and communicate about academic content. This brief discusses two areas of literacy development that students must learn so that they can do well in school: foundational reading skills and academic language.

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Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Beginning Reading, Vocabulary

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Reading instruction on understanding how letters and groups of letters link to sounds to form letter-sound relationships and spelling patterns.

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What is Phonics? Why is it important? How should it be taught? Learn the answer to these and other questions about Phonics.

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Identification

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