Historical Approaches to Reading

HIEROGLYPHICS or PICTOGRAPHS – symbols that represent whole ideas or conceptsALPHABETIC Code – each letter represents a sound Late 1700s Horace Mann promoted “no drill” Sight-word (whole word) instruction Teach MEANING over word decoding 1830s McGuffey Readers – primarily sight-word 1950s Rudolph Flesch asked Why Johnny Can’t Read – he recommended return to PHONICS at a time when “Dick and Jane” … Continue reading Historical Approaches to Reading