Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Reading--Direct instruction approach; Language experience approach in education; Direct instruction;
Though differences between whole language and explicit instruction theories and research may seem irreconcilable, a growing body of research advocates an integration of the two. Combining the meaning-filled and student-empowering environment of whole language with needs-based explicit instruction is the solution most highly recommended. The unit letter activity is a teaching strategy for elementary-aged students which blends explicit instruction and whole language approaches. The activity involves student interaction with a thematic-related letter. The activity's purposes are two-fold : to convey information related to a theme chosen by the students, and to provide an authentic context for learning and practicing reading skills and strategies. Students read the letter for meaning-making purposes, discuss areas of interest, then practice using and implementing specific reading skills and strategies. The unit letter activity is completed by a final review of the letter's meaning, and a typed copy is sent home with the students to share with caregivers.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Penny L. Beed
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©1997 Lucy Butin Ashby
Ashby, Lucy Butin, "The unit letter : a strategy for reconciling explicit instruction and whole language" (1997). Graduate Research Papers. 283.