Reading Instruction Timeline Essay

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Running head: READING INSTRUCTION TIMELINE Reading Instruction Timeline: A personal reading instruction experience within the overall historical context of reading instruction in the United States Marcie A. Kraintz Grand Canyon University RDG509: Foundation & Framework September 14, 2008 Reading Instruction Timeline: A personal reading instruction experience within the overall historical context of reading in the United States Through the years, there have been a number of changes made in the educational system for teaching reading in an attempt to make learning to read easier. The following is a historical timeline summarizing the events and persons that have contributed to the creation of today’s reading system. The Alphabet Method reigned supreme from 1640 to 1840. Books were given to children to help them learn to read. These books have always represented our cultural, ethical, and religious values. In 17th century New England, those values were Christian, Protestant, and Puritan. There was a standard sequence of reading texts throughout the colonies. The colonial child began with the hornbook, and then moved into a primer, the Psalter, the New Testament, and then the entire Bible. The Hornbook was really not a book at all; the hornbook usually consisted of a single sheet of paper containing the alphabet, a shortened syllabary, the invocation, and the Lord's Prayer. It was pasted to a board or stiff card and covered with a translucent layer of horn (or varnished) to protect it. Sometimes the base and handle were made of metal, stone, or ivory and had letters carved or cast on them according to Tuer (1968, 2007). The New England Primer, according to P.L. Ford (1962, 2007), was a famous American school book first published before 1690. Its compiler was Benjamin Harris, an English printer, who immigrated to Boston. The

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