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Brain Imaging Shows Phonics Effective in Teaching Reading

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This fascinating article depicts a research study showing poor readers brains displayed pronounced activity in several of the same left-brain areas that are active when good readers do reading-related tasks after the poor readers completed an experimental program.

The experimental program included "daily . . . instruction in letters and combinations of letters that represent speech sounds called phonemes . . . development of fluency in reading words, oral reading of stories, and spelling."

Sounds familiar? It should - this is a description of Direct Instruction curriculum (see