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Introduction/Overview of Structured Literacy & Orton-Gillingham Approaches to Learning to Read



Courses are usually held on Saturday mornings (9-12noon) or afternoons (1-4pm) for 3 consecutive weeks. If participants prefer an evening or Sunday, that can also be arranged.

There must be a minimum of 3 participants to run a course. Contact Martha to be placed on a list if you want to participate.

Maximum of 6 participants.



  • The Science of Reading

  • The Simple View of Reading, Scarborough's Reading Rope, and other frameworks for understanding language & literacy

  • Language Comprehension (vs Reading Comprehension)

  • The critical role of Knowledge Building

  • Overview of Language Comprehension, Phonology, Orthography, and Morphology

  • Word Recognition and Orthographic mapping: What works? What looks like it is working, but is not?

  • Overview of Dyslexia & DLD, & differences in brain structure and function

  • Phonology in depth

  • Culturally responsive challenges with phonology

  • Phonemic Awareness Assessments

  • The alphabet as a whole

  • Mastering sound-letter connections through visual/auditory/kinesthetic/tactile tracing & printing

  • Orthography in depth

  • Short vowel confusion and how to differentiate short vowels

  • Blending cvc words automatically & effortlessly

  • 6 types of syllables and syllable division

  • Wild Words (words that do not follow the rules)

  • 3 Main Spelling Rules

  • Scopes and sequences & decodable text to match

  • Parts of a Foundational Word Reading Skills Lesson Plan

  • Activities/Games for Introducing new spelling patterns

  • Simultaneous Oral Spelling (SOS) (printing words)

  • Writing at the sentence level

  • Decodable text

  • Reading Comprehension (moving from skills to building knowledge)

  • Routines, scripts, & timing for small and large group lessons

  • Teaching online

  • Morphology in depth

  • Multi-linguistic strategies for integrating phonology, orthography, morphology, and language comprehension

  • Fluency - the bridge to reading comprehension
  • Oral Reading Fluency Assessments

  • Vocabulary building

  • Knowledge-Based approach to Writing

  • Special concerns for students with Dyslexia and DLD

  • Resources, blogs, books, researchers, training, and organizations to support your learning journey

9-Hour ONLINE Course - LIVE with Martha

SKU: SR500
  • This course is perfect for administrators, educators, and tutors or parents who want an introduction to Orton-Gillingham-based Structured Literacy approaches to beginning reading instruction. Participants will leave with a good understanding of the research behind this approach, video clips that demonstrate these approaches, tools to support implementation, and many practical strategies that can be used right away. Martha is known for her energetic, knowledgeable, and practical presentations that inspire teachers to implement what they learn with enthusiasm. 

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