chapter  13
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Phonics and Phonemes: Learning to Decode and Spell in a Literature-Based Program

This chapter is written in a context of turmoil within California and elsewhere, as concerned parents and legislators demand a shift from literaturebased early literacy programs to "old-fashioned" phonics and spelling. Low test scores (real or purported) are one cause for California's concerns, but similar efforts are welling up in other states. The conflict reflects deep underlying issues, some political, others personal, about the goals of education.