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1 Day Workshops

Sound, Spelling, and Meaning: Scaffolded Word Study Instruction – Summer Institute 2020

Phonological awareness, morphology, spelling, and vocabulary comprehension are interconnected skills necessary for literacy. Through a discovery-based word study approach to literacy instruction using structured questioning to augment direct instruction, students can thoughtfully explore, learn, and store the elements of language. Ultimately, students learn how to methodically engage in their own language and literacy development. This workshop will include a brief overview of language development theory and structured discovery-based literacy programs, but the content will mainly focus on practical application of a language-based instructional approach pertinent to any content area or subject matter.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic language acquisition theory and research.
  • Employ scaffolded, Socratic-style questioning to engage learners in inquiry-based word study.
  • Modify content area lesson plans to facilitate inquiry-based word study instruction.



This course is appropriate for educators at the middle and high school levels.

Course Information

5 Hours/PDPs
Dates/Time Price
July 8, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm

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About the Instructor

Paul Howard

Paul Howard has served as the Assistant Early Literacy Department Head at Landmark High School since 2015. He is trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) Program. Paul has taught English language arts classes and one-to-one early literacy tutorials at Landmark since 2007. He graduated from Gordon College with a bachelor’s degree in english language and literature. Paul holds a master’s in moderate special education from Simmons College and is a licensed special education teacher.

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