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PHONICS for Reading

Crack the Code for Older Students

Renowned reading expert Dr. Anita Archer leveraged decades of research into the Science of Reading and the Science of Instruction to develop PHONICS for Reading. This systematic, explicit instruction program delivers the right skills, in the right order, to help older students who have long struggled at the word level.

PHONICS for Reading relies on easy-to-follow teacher scripts that enable a wide range of educators to provide effective intervention. Each lesson provides a consistent routine that allows students to apply each concept in increasingly challenging situations to build accuracy, automaticity, and fluency.

With its age-appropriate content and illustrations, PHONICS for Reading is designed to ensure that students in Grades 3–12 feel comfortable and, more importantly, empowered by their foundational skills instruction.

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Intervention That Fits Your Schedule

With lessons that can be taught in quick blocks of 30 minutes or focused blocks of 45–60 minutes, it’s easier to add foundational reading skills into an already busy learning schedule. Offer this phonics-based reading program during small group instruction, pull-out or push-in intervention, walk-to-read exercises, summer school, tutoring sessions, and more. PHONICS for Reading is available in print books and digital files for additional flexibility.

Take the Mystery out of Teaching Phonics

Grades 3–12 teachers aren’t necessarily trained in teaching fundamental reading skills and decoding. The clear, consistent routines and scripting of PHONICS for Reading can be taught by any educator, including interventionists, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, or tutors to help schools and districts better leverage available staff. The program’s direct tie to i-Ready Assessment helps educators easily identify their readers who need support and strategize the level of support each student needs.

Accelerate Learning for Readers Who Need Support

Build older student engagement and confidence through longer texts, multisyllabic words, smaller fonts, and developmentally appropriate content and visuals. The program’s fast-paced, targeted practice and clear corrective feedback make it possible for students to progress through multiple levels in one year, bringing them ever closer to on-level learning. This reading intervention curriculum also addresses the unique needs of long-term English Learners, students with dyslexia, and those in special education programs.

Use One, Two, or All Three Levels

Some students may only need Level 3. Others will need to start at Level 1 or Level 2, depending on their proficiency.

A list of skills covered in each level of Phonics for Reading.

“I’m certain that you believe, as I believe, that reading is a civil right. It totally changes everything if you are a reader or are not. So, we’ve got to continue to use our very best knowledge and our energy to ensure that students are readers.” Dr. Anita Archer

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PHONICS for Reading Research Summary

Discover how PHONICS for Reading helps students in Grades 3+ build foundational reading skills.



PHONICS for Reading Sample Lessons

PHONICS for Reading provides a lifeline to learners who are struggling to read by equipping them with the tools to become independent readers. Download your sample now!



The Science of Explicit Instruction with Dr. Anita Archer

In this webinar, Dr. Anita Archer shares high-leverage practices from the Science of Reading and the Science of Instruction that are proven to accelerate learning.

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Teaching PHONICS, Word Recognition to Older Students: A Master Class with Dr. Anita Archer

Dr. Anita Archer explores the pedagogy and best practices for teaching decoding to older, striving readers, using her program PHONICS for Reading to model what, and how, to teach. 



Innovations in Reading: Back-to-School Reading Boost with PHONICS for Reading

In this webinar from the Teach Forward: Innovations in Reading series, Dr. Anita Archer explores best practices for delivering impactful PHONICS for Reading instruction to address unfinished learning.