New in the Decoda Library! May 2023

Borrow new resources! The Decoda Literacy Library continuously adds titles to the collection. Here’s a sample of the latest additions. For more of the latest additions, check out this list.


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Spelling Through Phonics (40th anniversary edition)

“This 40th anniversary edition of the beloved bestseller, Spelling Through Phonics, has the same compact and easy-to-use format thousands of educators know and love! With the McCrackens’ original spelling instruction program, this book provides detailed instructions and reproducibles to help you

  • understand phonemic awareness, and how it helps children develop spelling and other literacy skills
  • teach spelling easily, quickly, and efficiently
  • integrate visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning strategies
  • effectively assess and react to students’ writing
  • provide immediate feedback as part of spelling instruction
  • organize students’ spelling practice within the school day
  • introduce, practice, and review new words and sounds with students in grades 1–3″

– Publisher’s description

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This Is How We Teach Reading…And It’s Working!

“This timely book offers a clear and structured method for integrating explicit phonics instruction into K–3 classrooms. An essential guide for teaching reading, the book is grounded in the cutting-edge, evidence-based science of reading. It provides a flexible and effective step-by-step progression that covers the essential phonics skills that teachers have been asking for, and addresses the needs of busy, diverse classrooms. This blueprint to effective instruction explores screening, assessment, and intervention, as well as working with English language learners. Tools for implementation include high-impact activities, lesson templates, word lists, phoneme-grapheme grids, word ladders, and more.” – Publisher’s description


English Language Learning

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Uncovering the logic of English : a common-sense approach to reading, spelling, and literacy (second edition)

Uncovering the Logic of English challenges the notion that English is illogical by systematically explaining English spelling and answering questions like “Why is there a silent final E in have, large, and house?” and “Why is discussion spelled with -sion rather than -tion?” With easy-to-read examples and anecdotes, this book describes: the phonograms and spelling rules which explain 98% of English words; how English words are formed and how this knowledge can revolutionize vocabulary development; how understanding the reasons behind English spelling prevents students from needing to guess. The author’s inspiring commentary makes a compelling case that understanding the logic of English could transform literacy education and help solve America’s literacy crisis. Thorough and filled with the latest linguistic and reading research, Uncovering the Logic of English demonstrates why this systematic approach should be as foundational to our education system as 1 + 1 = 2.” – Publisher’s description

Conversation strategies

Conversation strategies : pair and group activities for developing communicative competence (third edition)

“Conversation strategies are techniques that help the speaker and listener keep a conversation going to its natural and desired conclusion. These skills supplement the linguistic and sociolinguistic skills most texts focus on: grammar, vocabulary, and usage. However, to develop strategic competence, students must learn the words, phrases, and conventions used as two speakers engage in the active give-and-take of conversation. The strategies practiced in this book include

  1. getting more information,
  2. making comparisons,
  3. correcting someone politely,
  4. agreeing and disagreeing,
  5. summarizing,
  6. sharing information, and
  7. making decisions.

Students also practice

  1. polite forms,
  2. rejoinders,
  3. clarifications,
  4. follow-up questions,
  5. getting a response,
  6. expressing probability,
  7. interrupting, and
  8. avoiding conversation killers.

The 29 pair and group activities help develop communicative competence. These fun, student-centered activities begin with controlled language and move to open, imaginative exchanges.” – Publisher’s description

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Discussion Strategies: Beyond Everyday Conversation (second edition)

“The activities in this book follow and build upon the strategic conversation skills of the Kehes’ book, Conversation StrategiesDiscussion Strategies develops discussion skills at high levels of communicative interaction, especially communication in academic settings. Students, in step-by-step procedures, are given extensive practice in a variety of strategies for leading and participating in a discussion.” – Publisher’s description


Stay tuned for even more new titles coming in the next few weeks!

The Decoda Library is open to all adults in BC. We will mail the loans to you for free. Register to borrow. To request any of the new titles, log into your library account and place the titles on hold. Or, send an email to

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