Wiley Blevins (1998). Phonics from A to Z: A Practical Guide. NewYork: Scholastic Professional Books.
Wiley Blevins (2001). Teaching Phonics and Word Study in the Intermediate Grades: A Complete Sourcebook. New York: Scholastic Professional Books.
I have a mountain of books on phonemic awareness and phonics teaching, but I keep coming back to these two books for teachers by Wiley Blevins. They are so useful! The first is geared towards Grades K-3 (USA), and the second towards Grades 3-8 (USA), but they can be of great benefit to anyone teaching literate or non-literate learners of English at any level – i.e. parents, tutors, neighbours, siblings, teachers ...
Words Their Way
A series of books by Donald R. Bear and others. (Pearson)
This one book (back in 2000) has now grown into three books and an entire professional development enterprise!
Now, there is Words Their Way for younger learners, Vocabulary Their Way for Middle and Secondary students and Words Their Way With English Learners.
What I especially liked about the original book was the very practical use of “Word Sorts” – cards and cards and cards of words, which students could sort out into various piles according to different ‘sound’ and ‘word-building’ elements. Not only does this save the time taken on creating endless worksheets, it also allows far more words to be brought into play.
Unfortunately, most of these super-useful word cards are now placed behind a ‘Pearson publishing pay-wall’, but the following books are full of hundreds of photocopiable sets of word-cards that can do the same job.
* Copy the pages, laminate them, cut them up into card-sets, store them in pockets – and watch your students engage with them:
Sheron Brown (2000). All Sorts of Sorts: Word sorts that reinforce spelling and phonemic patterns. San Diego, CA: Teaching Resource Center.
Sheron Brown (2001). All Sorts of Sorts 2: Word sorts for complex spelling and phonetic pattern reinforcement. San Diego, CA: Teaching Resource Center.