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Types of Words Used in Effective Phonics Readers 

Wiley Blevins, Ed.M. 



Ensuring that decodable texts are instructive, comprehensive, and engaging is a top priority for every educator. Using decodable texts that follow the criteria for the breakdown between decodable words, high-frequency words, and story words not only meets these three goals—along with state mandates—but also has an effective, impactful effect on phonics fluency building.

Peter Afflerbach

About the Author

Wiley Blevins, Ed.M., is author of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Leadership brief, “Meeting the Challenges of Early Literacy Phonics Instruction,” along with seminal works on phonics instruction and best-selling Professional Development books.   

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