Tim Rasinski Webinar

Webinar Recap: ‘Automaticity in Word Learning Improves Comprehension’

We hope you enjoyed our webinar, “Automaticity in Word Learning Improves Comprehension,” presented by literacy expert Dr. Tim Rasinski.

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Dr. Rasinski clarified some misconceptions about fluency, reconfirmed some of our ideas, and left us with a practical instructional sequence. Here are a few highlights:

  • Fluency is not about reading rate
    Reading fluency means more than reading fast; speed is a positive consequence of good word recognition. Word recognition is not just being able to read the word (decode), but the ability to recognize its meaning too. Fluency is also dependent on strong vocabulary.
  • Patterns in words build word recognition
    Our brains are wired to look for patterns. Knowing the 38 most common word families allows students to read and spell 654 single-syllable words. Similarly, Greek and Latin roots provide patterns on a morphological level.
  • Fluency lesson plans include deep, repeated readings and vocabulary
    Dr. Rasinski shared a fluency lesson plan for purposeful, repeated readings of short texts that includes vocabulary knowledge.

How We Support Word Recognition Our Corresponding Learning Activities
VocabularySpellingCity helps students practice recognizing words accurately and rewards them when they do so quickly. Audio Word Match, Test-N-Teach, LetterFall, Splat-N-Spell, Aim2Spell
Allows students to manipulate word families. WordFind, Word Unscramble, Sentence Writing
Requires students to read words automatically or to write word accurately. SpeedySpeller, Read-A-Word, Sentence Unscramble, Sentence Writing, FlashCards, Word Study
Provides opportunities for students to hone word recognition from a vocabulary perspective. HangMouse, Crossword, MatchIt Definitions, MatchIt Sentences, Sentence Writing, Paragraph Writing