Revisiting the Introductory Challenge

The Introductory Challenge prompted you to think about how you use sound-symbol clues to decode unfamiliar words. It also asked you to remember if you were taught how to read using these types of clues.

Follow the instructions below; as you work through each step, think about how you might guide students through a similar process.

Step 1: Read the words in the list below out loud. Try to say all of them correctly whether or not you’re familiar with them.

  • Indigestible
  • Elucidate
  • Preternaturally
  • Malevolent
  • Prestidigitation
  • Demystifying

Step 2: Beside each word, write down how you think it should be pronounced. Or audio record your pronunciation. Then listen to the pronunciation using an on-line dictionary or mobile phone app that pronounces words for you. Google Translate (using English to English) is one option.

Step 3: Keep these words in the back of your mind. We’ll be revisiting them in the next unit.