Analysis Of The Article ' Teaching Rimes With Shared Reading '

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EDRD 6529 Paper 1 Rimes and Shared Reading
Amanda Burke
Seattle Pacific University

Rimes and Shared Reading

In the article, “Teaching rimes with shared reading” written by Sharon Gill, she states that daily practice of shared reading can lead to successful and enjoyable reading experiences for our youngest learners (p. 191). Shared reading is a wonderful vehicle to help young readers with basic skills such as one-to-one correspondence, fluency, and vocabulary. Researcher Richard Allington also concluded the importance of shared reading experiences for our students whose second language is English (p. 191). Gill believes “Teaching onsets and rimes is a better approach to phonics than teaching individual sounds because onsets and rimes are much more consistent than single letters.” (p. 191-192) In the article, “Ways teachers can help children develop phonics knowledge” written by Constance Weaver, she notes the importance of “discussing interesting patterns of onsets and rimes, in the context of shared reading experiences” (p. 3) Unlike Gill, Weaver does not go as far to say that onsets and rimes should be taught first rather than individual sounds.

The strength of shared reading has been well documented by many researchers in the field of education and thus is a widely used practice among elementary teachers. Researchers have concluded the importance of shared reading experiences as it gives students opportunity with texts that helps “facilitate the
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