What is Scope and Sequence?

Notes from Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom 

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Misunderstanding 2: Strengthening Phonics instruction means purchasing a program

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What really matters is that you have a strong and research-informed scope and sequence, plus solid instructional routines. 

  • —Scope = (what you will teach) 
  • —Sequence =(what order you will teach it)

Common sense tips for creating or evaluating your own scope and sequence:

1. Build from simple to complex

2. Teach letters in an order that lets you build words quickly

—A.) Knowing the letters M, S, T, P, and A will let children read more than 20 words with a short A sound.

3. Be aware of letters and sounds that are easily confused

—A.) M and N, and B and P should not be taught one after another.

4. Provide children with frequent opportunities to apply new learning

 

Note: There is not a solid body of research to tell us specifically which sound and spellings to focus on before others.

Check out IMSE and UFLI for a trusted scope and sequence.

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