May 27, 2022
In Sample Lessons
The lesson plans provided in this post follow the principles of structured literacy and the Orton-Gillingham method. Many of the students with whom I work come to me after struggling with reading failure for years. They begin lessons with me knowing some, but not all of the phonemes. Before we begin lessons, I administer the Core Phonics Survey to identify the sounds that are causing confusion. I target these sounds, using multisensory teaching methods, in the early lessons. If you would like to use my lesson plans in your teaching, then you have my permission to do so. You should individualize them for each of your students so that you target the specific gaps in their learning. You want to start at Lesson #1 and do the lessons in order. If you come to a review lesson and you feel that your student has mastered the key concept, then you can skip that lesson and move on to the next one. You want to move at the pace of your student. My students always begin by learning about the closed syllable, because close of half of all English words are closed syllables. The majority of the spelling rules relate to the closed syllable. An average reading remediation takes about 100 hours to complete. 50 of those hours are spent learning about the closed syllable. These lessons were created by Shawna Audet from the Flying Cat Academy. The drills used in the lessons and the scope and sequence that they follow were created by the Dyslexia Training Institute, which runs courses out of the University of San Diego. The multisensory drill for teaching a new phoneme (found in the early lessons) comes from Dr. Vincent Goetry.