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In my RtI groups, I have students working on Guided Reading Levels G and higher. We often use an Analogy Chart during the Word Study portion of our Guided Reading group. An Analogy Chart is a similar term for T-Chart. The students have two columns to write and sort dictated words by their spelling patterns.
I use an Analogy Chart to teach the students various skills, such as the silent e rule, vowel patterns or word endings. You can gradually increase the challenge by dictating words with different rimes, as well as adding blends, digraphs, prefixes and suffixes, depending on the students' Guided Reading Level.
Jan Richardson offers various tips in her book, The Next Step in Guided Reading, for teachers using Analogy Charts with their students. Below are two tips I found to be very useful.
Tip #1 from Jan Richardson*Do not use Analogy Charts until students are at a Level G, so they can develop the necessary phonemic awareness skills for blends and vowels.
Tip #2 from Jan Richardson
*Avoid dictating words the students already know how to spell, so they are forced to use the analogy strategy.
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