Teaching English Literacy

Category: Phonics

Reading Works Series


45 pages A4
$45.00 +pp

English Vowels

30 sounds for the 6 single-letter vowels in English (a e i o u and y as a vowel) and the vowel sound of the schwa.


49 pages A4
$49.00 +pp

English Consonants

Thirty sounds of the 21 single consonant letters in the English alphabet 

60 pages A4
$60.00 +pp

41 blend examples where letters keep their individual sounds when placed together.


67 pages A4
$67.00 +pp

56 examples of letters that have a new sound when placed together.

16 pages A4
$25.00 +pp

The schwa is one of the most important sounds in English – and one of the most misunderstood.


Advanced English vocabulary and word knowledge

24 pages A4
$34.00 +pp

70 contractions together with a sentence for each that entertains as well as informs.

39 pages A4
$40.00 +pp

Correct common spelling mistakes by understanding Homophones and Heteronyms in English.


45 pages A4
$35.00 +pp

Over 200 words, pictures and sentence examples are here to help spelling accuracy become the norm. 

64 pages A4
$45.00 +pp

195 word and sentence examples enhance vocabulary and widen general knowledge.


Reference books for teachers and advanced students

34 pages A4
$45.00 +pp

This reference book sets out all the letters of the English alphabet with their many and varied sounds and silences.

50 pages A4
$68.00 +pp

53 IPA letters for every sound in English with its letter and letter groups has been arranged for easy access and high-level learning and understanding.


90 pages A4
$65.00 +pp

Nuts and Bolts book provides ideas, suggestions and a multitude of ways for the time-poor teacher be able to present a whole raft of high-powered lessons to strengthen the Reading Works series.


Click here for My Book of Charts – off the wall and on your desk charts – which reinforces this series. Ideal for students to download and use as a reference they will soon find indispensable.


Explicit Teaching

To give you an idea of how many lessons are possible from just one row of one book in this Reading Works Series, follow the links below.

Click here for a sample of lessons from the Vowels book.

Click here for a sample of lessons from the Consonants book.








Wonder Words

A super collection of English language word families

The 70+ pages are graded in difficulty with space on each page for own-choice word memory writing.

$25.00 +pp


Forwards and Backwards

These books will help develop vocabulary and decoding skills.


How to use these books

An automatic and smooth left to right eye movement is essential for decoding all words, but especially ones that are easily reversed.

Having a secure left to right oral and aural phonemic awareness promotes better reading for meaning in both out-loud and silent reading. The fish swimming from left to right on each page help develop this word-tracking accuracy.

The importance of reading practice, repetition, oral sentence creation, writing by copying and then writing from memory cannot be over-emphasised regarding their value in literacy teaching and learning.

Independently re-reading this book many times (similar to a musician practising a piece of music) and in many different ways to keep the learning fresh will help each learner build their word-recognition ability to recognise any of the words in this book at a glance. Meaning and vocabulary extension will come from oral language activities first by hearing the teacher/ reading coach model how to create sentences, and then by learners in the group creating and saying their own made-up sentences using the words.

Many sessions of teacher/reading coach demonstrating how to write words, phrases and sentences using selected oral sentence examples extends reading and word recognition skills and, most importantly, the ability to visualise words and predict their spelling. Writing practice also locks in tactile word memory and letter formation accuracy. Dictation and creative writing are an exhilarating culmination of what has gone before.

NOTE: Spelling errors should be unknown. Good teaching and repetition will make this possible.
Enjoy the journey!

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