Phonic Knowledge: What, Why, and How?


Do you know a digraph from a diphthong? How about the six major syllable types of English? This Knowledge Block will help you brush up on your own knowledge of phonics and give you a way to assess the phonic knowledge of your students. Participants will also learn how to analyze this data so that it can inform instruction.

Who should take this Knowledge Block:

  • K-5 educators
  • Secondary educators who work with long-term developing readers

What you will learn:

  • The relationship between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics
  • Phonic elements including digraphs, consonant blends, diphthongs and schwa
  • The 6 major syllable types in English
  • Common misconceptions about phonic knowledge and phonics instruction
  • How to give, score, and analyze an informal phonic knowledge diagnostic assessment

Materials provided:

  • A phonic knowledge assessment
  • PDF handout of the 6 syllable types of English  
  • PDF of all slides in handout form


  • Certificate of Completion

Phonic Knowledge: What, Why, and How?


Students need phonic knowledge to read and spell efficiently. Participants will learn the six major syllable types of English and an assessment tool to plan for instruction.

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