Unregulated reading difficulty level
– Authentic Literature is assumed to be best to teach reading
4th grade text "Celebrate
Reading" has selections up to 10th grade difficulty
No systematic teaching of spelling
and vocabulary – words are usually taught only as they occur
Reading is taught first from a whole
book, then sentences, then words, and then finally using sounds and
Children are taught to use context
to decide, RATHER THAN COME UP WITH THE PRONUNCIATION!!
Children are TAUGHT to guess words
from pictures, and to guess context instead of using decoding strategies
the problem with using Whole Language texts to teach reading to
special needs children? --
Children use decoding based on patterns
from other words they can read and spell.
**Scientific research has documented
that (1) children learn spelling and reading better from systematic instruction
of skills in spelling and reading, and that (2) using context does
not appreciably help decoding (NICHD Studies, 2000).