PL5. Teaching Advanced Word Recognition

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Teaching Advanced Word Recognition

Welcome to the Teaching Advanced Word Recognition module! This module is the fifth module in the primary literacy series designed to assist all educators and other interested stakeholders in helping students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become proficient readers. Specifically, this module explores the research and theoretical frameworks that underpin the critical importance that word recognition plays in the development of students’ ability to read unfamiliar, multisyllabic words and comprehend text.

Estimated Completion Time: 3.5-4 hours

  • PL.5 Teaching Advanced Word Recognition
    • Pre-Assessment
    • Advanced Word Recognition
    • Word Recognition in Reading Science
    • Multisyllabic Word Instruction
    • Word Study
    • Teaching Word Study Instruction
    • Advanced Word Recognition in the Content Areas
    • Summing It Up
    • Post-Assessment
How to use this Module


Welcome to the Primary Literacy (K-5) Series in the ALL Ohio Literacy library! We present five modules in this series designed to assist all educators and other interested stakeholders in preparing students to be proficient in word recognition skills.

In this module, you will learn about advanced word recognition including multisyllabic word instruction and word study which includes morphology and etymology. The module will discuss what each of these skills looks like in the upper elementary years across all subject areas, and identify considerations for adapting and modifying content to support the individualized needs of students. 

Whether you are an  caregiver, teacher, administrator, paraprofessional, parent, related service provider, higher education faculty or candidate, or have another role in helping a child develop their reading skills, we want to first say THANK YOU. We know that your time is valuable and you would not be here if you weren’t interested in supporting outcomes for children and families.

Module Description

This module is the fifth module in the ALL Ohio primary literacy series. The content of module focuses on the research and theoretical framework behind the Word Recognition component of the Simple View of Reading. This module is designed for educators who serve fourth and fifth grade students who have mastered basic and advanced phonics. At this point in their education, these upper elementary students need continued instruction in multisyllabic word reading and word study which includes meaningful parts of words (morphology) and language of origin (etymology) to further improve reading fluency and comprehension through increasingly automatic word recognition skills.

In this module, the following topics are discussed in the text, linked resources, embedded audio, and video:

  • The connection between advanced word recognition and the Science of Reading
  • Changing emphasis of foundational reading components in upper elementary (4-5)
  • Multisyllabic word instruction
  • Teaching Word study (morphology and etymology)
  • Advanced word recognition in the content areas
After completing this module, we encourage you to enroll in any of our other primary literacy modules to learn about instructional routines and practices that exemplify explicit and systematic literacy instruction.
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Although this module will likely be most helpful for upper elementary (4-5) educators, educators in all grades and content areas may find this module to be beneficial.

This module aligns with Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement and the shifting emphasis in foundational reading skills that occurs starting in fourth grade to multisyllabic word instruction and word study.

Also, the module aligns with the following recommendations in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Practice Guide – Providing Reading Interventions for Students in Grades 4-9:

  • Recommendation 1: Build students’ decoding skills so they can read complex multisyllabic words

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Module Learning Objectives

The purpose of this module is to increase your knowledge and understanding of advanced word recognition. By completing this module, you will be able to:

Number 1

Know the changing components of word recognition instruction in the upper elementary grades.

Number 2

Demonstrate knowledge of multisyllabic word instruction.

Number 3

Demonstrate ability to utilize syllabification as a multisyllabic word reading strategy.

Number 4

Order the steps in an explicit word study routine.

Number 5

Identify ways to apply multisyllabic word instruction and word study in the content areas.

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Ohio Literacy Library

In-depth information about the purpose and key elements of the Ohio Literacy Library.

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