The roots of phonics: a historical introduction

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Paul H. Brookes Pub., Mar 4, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 237 pages
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To teach phonics effectively to children learning to read, education professionals need a deep understanding of the nuances and complexities of the English language. That's why this highly influential classic is more important than ever. A book that shaped the work of the most respected and prominent literacy experts, The Roots of Phonics is finally back in print to enlighten a new generation of professionalsżmany of whom have not had phonics instruction themselves. Through this clear and concise history of how modern English phonics developed, readers will trace the evolution of familiar language concepts: the alphabet, syllables, vowels and consonants, spelling, pronunciation, punctuation marks, and more. Readers uncover the "big picture" of phonics and the forces that shaped it. More than a history lesson, this landmark book strengthens readers' understanding of the English language and illuminates the longtime importance of phonics in educationżcritical insights they'll use as they help children learn to read. A must for the library of every education professional, SLP, and researcher who works to promote children's literacy.

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Review: The Roots of Phonics: A Historical Introduction, Revised Edition

User Review  - Ed Erwin - Goodreads

This is a nice, concise overview of the development of the spoken and written English language and related topics. It doesn't go into great detail on any topic, but instead gives a short introduction ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Miriam S. Balmuth is a research professor in classical archaeology and numismatics at Tufts University. David K. Chester is a professor in the Department of Geography at Liverpool University. Patricia A. Johnston is a professor of classical mythology, Greek, and Latin at Brandeis University.