EDU 305

Spring 2018

Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness is a subset of phonological awareness in which listeners are able to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes, the smallest units of sound that can differentiate meaning. Separating the spoken word "cat" into three distinct phonemes, /k/, /æ/, and /t/, requires phonemic awareness. The National Reading Panel has found that phonemic awareness improves children's word reading and reading comprehension, as well as helping children learn to spellPhonemic awareness is the basis for learning phonics.
Phonemic awareness and phonological awareness are often confused since they are interdependent. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate individual phonemes. Phonological awareness includes this ability, but it also includes the ability to hear and manipulate larger units of sound, such as onsets and rimes and syllables. (source: wikipedia).

The Readings

Chall's Stages

Kosanovich, E & Verhagen, C. . BUILDING THE FOUNDATION. A Suggested Progression of Sub-skills to Achieve the Reading Standards: Foundational Skills in the Common Core State Standards Online version

Sociocultural Development of Reading

Ehri, L., et al., . Phonemic Awareness Instruction Helps Children Learn to Read: Evidence from the National Reading Panel's Meta-Analysis. Reading Research Quarterly, Vol. 36,250-287.

The Tasks


Complete the readings.

Annotate the readings by focus on the learnign strategies of phonemic awareness.


Curate resources

Find your five favorite example of phonemic teaching on YouTube and share the videos on your blog. Use evidence from the reading to support your choices.


Develop and share a plan to teach phonemic awareness. Remember its 7 mintues a day and not a lesson plan. What are all the fun ways you will play with sounds.


  • Effectivley teach an explicit phonics lesson
  • Staes learnign objective
  • defines key terms
  • provides models and exempalrs across different modes
  • Creates opportunities for guided and independent instruction
  • Includes assessment strategies that would show knowledge growth towards objective


  • Teacher scored rubric of learning demonstration that provides evidence criteria has been met