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Word Journeys: Assessment-Guided Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction Paperback – April 25, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-1572305595 ISBN-10: 1572305592 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (April 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572305592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572305595
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Word Journeys brings together phonics and spelling--a blessing for teachers who are trying to juggle a mismatched collection of lessons and objectives. The program is grounded in a thorough analysis of English orthography, and provides the teacher with professional guidance for deciding what is important and what is not. The assessment techniques are practical within the time limits of the regular classroom, and should also be helpful to reading specialists for diagnosis." --Robert Calfee, PhD, Professor and Dean, School of Education, University of California, Riverside

"Implementing a quality word study program is a major goal for our K-12 English program. Our school system has used Kathy Ganske's Developmental Spelling Analysis for many years. Now that the assessment, word lists, and activities are combined in one book, it will be much easier for teachers to use. Word Journeys is just what we have been looking for." --Sarah Scott, MA, Director of English Instruction, Rockingham School District, Harrisonburg, VA
 
"Word Journeys has opened a new world of information for me and for my preservice and inservice students. The integration of reading and spelling finally has fallen into place! Ganske's book is required reading in our reading methods courses and our master's-level reading clinic field experience. I have found that teachers' understanding of their students' needs has been greatly enhanced by the use of Ganske's Developmental Spelling Analysis and the associated word sorts and activities."--Geri Mohler, EdD, Graduate Literacy Program Coordinator, School of Education, California State University-Bakersfield
 
"Ganske has become my guide in moving from a traditional memorization approach to spelling instruction toward a more complete practice of teaching how words work. Word Journeys takes the serious literacy teacher on a tour of word patterns, features, and meanings within each of the stages children pass through as they become better spellers and users of the English language, and provides wonderful activities for use at each stage. I have had great success with this book!"--Linda Klausmeyer Thiel, second-grade teacher, Mead Elementary School, St. Vrain Valley School District, Colorado
 
 

From the Back Cover

"Word Journeys brings together phonics and spelling--a blessing for teachers who are trying to juggle a mismatched collection of lessons and objectives. The program is grounded in a thorough analysis of English orthography, and provides the teacher with professional guidance for deciding what is important and what is not. The assessment techniques are practical within the time limits of the regular classroom, and should also be helpful to reading specialists for diagnosis." Robert Calfee, PhD, Professor and Dean, School of Education, University of California, Riverside

"The author obviously has exemplary classroom experience in knowing how the nuts and bolts of word study really work. This book is just what teachers need." Nancy Areglado, MEd, Literacy Specialist/Staff Developer, Tenafly Public Schools, NJ


More About the Author

Kathy Ganske, PhD, is Associate Professor of Literacy in the Graduate Teacher Education Program at Oberlin College. She is the author of numerous articles and books on literacy. Prior to her move to Ohio, she was a professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Dr. Ganske is a former classroom teacher of primary through upper-elementary grades and has taught in many regions of the country.

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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Word Journeys is a great supplementary resource to educators who are familiar with word study. Ganske includes a straightforward introduction to developmental word knowledge and assessment of same. Her years of classroom experience make this an authentic and highly usable text. Teachers will find the supplemental word lists in Appendix 1 to be a great source of words for sorting activities and the reproducible forms in Appendix 2 easy to use and very practical. Those who are new to word study will find this text easier to follow than Words Their Way(Bear,Templeton,Invernizzi and Johnston). Word Journeys is a welcome addition to the field of spelling and word study.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maine Muggle on November 28, 2008
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I love this book! I do not use the methods of testing and wordlists as outlined in the book but instead use the section on phonics and vocabulary. This book has changed the way I teach my students how to spell, decode and analyze words in their reading and writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By School Teacher on June 8, 2010
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I have found this very helpful in guiding me to help students improve their confidence through improving their vocabulary and spelling skills. (I teach high school English and SAT Prep.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin Summers on September 28, 2010
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This is a valuable resource that covers all of the different stages of spelling knowledge. The explanations and ideas are presented clearly and are extremely useful. I think it is one of the better 'manuals' out there for classroom teachers and would suit any year/grade level. The book includes the now 'obligatory' spelling inventory, but even if you choose not to administer this, the book is a highly valuable resource and it is not dependent on using the inventory.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Montgomery on October 25, 2007
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Very helpful for determining spelling and morphology levels of children. Easy to implement in the classroom.
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By Sally Villegas on June 14, 2014
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Exactly what I wanted for tutoring students who have not had phonics! Interesting text to read and a lot of useful information.
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