Pedagogy Papers

Comprehension: 6–12

 In the Comprehension & Text Analysis strand, PowerUp teaches students how to read a text deeply. PowerUp uses increasingly complex texts of various genres that are appealing and relevant to non-proficient readers in Grades 6-12. Before reading a leveled text, academic vocabulary is introduced and practiced.

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Grammar: 6–12

Engaging videos provide introductions to the parts of speech, parts of sentences, and writing conventions. Through a variety of activities, students practice identifying the key elements of grammar and their functions. Words are categorized as parts of speech by the function they perform in a sentence (e.g., nouns name, adjectives and adverbs describe, conjunctions join).

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Word Study: 6–12

Word Study activities help students develop accuracy, automaticity, and fluency in reading and help improve spelling by focusing on the reliable and recurring patterns in spoken and written words. In the Word Study & Text Fluency strand, the program systematically advances and spirals students’ knowledge about patterns in English. 

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Comprehension: Pre-K–5

Comprehension activities develop the ability to understand information at a concrete level as well as an abstract level through the application of higher order thinking skills. Activities develop comprehension strategies through interaction with increasingly complex narrative and informational texts.

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Structural Analysis: Pre-K–5

Structural analysis activities include work on recognizing meaningful parts of multisyllabic words derived from Latin and Greek. Morphological structure refers to the study of meaningful units of language or morphemes (e.g., prefix, root and suffix) 

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Vocabulary: Pre-K–5

Vocabulary activities are structured to teach word-learning strategies, to provide exposure to rich and varied vocabulary words, and to allow students to develop an awareness of word relationships and associations.

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Phonics: Pre-K–5

Phonics activities include the ability to apply knowledge of letter-sound correspondence to reading and spelling words. In addition, phonics activities involve pattern recognition of syllable types, rules for syllable division, and simple spelling generalizations that are based on letter-sound correspondence.

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Automaticity & Fluency: Pre-K–5

Automaticity is systematically developed through a series of warm-ups and activities focused on speed of processing. Fluency is addressed through activities that involve analysis of sentence structure and ultimately the timed silent reading of passages.

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Phonological Awareness- Core5

Phonological awareness activities include identifying, segmenting, blending, and manipulating syllables and sounds in words. Phonemic Awareness is a component of phonological awareness that focuses on individual sounds within words.

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