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How Children Learn to Read, with Margaret Goldberg

In this timely talk, Margaret Goldberg gives a concise and clear explanation of the science of reading and how it makes sense in her own teaching practice. With honest reflection, she examines what is working and what is not. Using animations, graphics, and student video examples, Margaret connects the dots from research to instruction, covering how the brain reads, how we use letters and sounds for reading, and how we use meaning and context for reading.

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Produced by Reading Universe, a partnership of WETA, Barksdale Reading Institute, and First Book

While we encourage you to watch this piece in its entirety (trust us, it's worth your time!), you can use this chapter index with timecodes to jump to sections of interest. Each chapter will fit nicely into a teacher professional development training session about reading instruction. Freely download, share, or stream the media in any setting. Our version on YouTube will allow you to skip around from chapter to chapter.

Timecode - Chapter
00:00 - Introduction to the Science of Reading
08:00 - The Simple View of Reading
14:25 - Learning to Identify, Blend, and Manipulate Sounds
24:23 - Learning to Recognize Letters and Decode Written Words
32:44 - Reading Aloud: A Look at Two Readers
38:10 - Using Meaning and Context for Reading
43:47 - Selecting Text to Develop Reading Comprehension
45:49 - Reflecting on Instruction that Works

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