Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  



Phonics is the ability to understand that letters and letter patterns represent the sounds of spoken language (RAND, 2002). When a child grasps the concept that phonemes have individual sounds, they begin learn how letter sounds interact with each other when they are produced in a particular sequence. In terms of developing reading and writing skills, the ability to blend letter sounds is essential for transferring written words to spoken language and vice versa. The application of the rules of phonics is critical for reading and writing familiar and unfamiliar words (Reading Rockets, 2015). 


The following lessons highlight mnemonics and acronyms that can be used at any grade level or content area to guide children to decode unfamiliar multisyllabic words.