Wright Group/McGraw-Hill Launches 'Wright Skills,' a Research-Based Phonics Program for Grades Pre-K-3

Dec 18, 2006, 00:00 ET from Wright Group/McGraw-Hill

    CHICAGO, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading elementary educational
 publisher Wright Group/McGraw-Hill has introduced The Wright Skills, a
 comprehensive skills program developed for Grades Pre-K-3 that helps
 students develop phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary. Phonemic
 awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds in words, a
 fundamental skill essential to learning to read in an alphabetic writing
     The program also provides opportunities to develop fluency and
 comprehension by its systematic skills instruction that introduces key
 concepts that build on one another. In addition to addressing these
 components from the National Reading Panel report, Wright Skills also
 teaches spelling and writing, oral language development, print awareness,
 and alphabet knowledge. According to the National Early Literacy Report
 (2004), these areas are most closely linked to later achievement in
     Curriculum materials also include explicit instructional strategies,
 specific instruction for English-language learners, and several components
 to support the instructional plan for Grades Pre-K-3. These components
 include decodable books, various Big Books, card sets, and an audio CD.
     "If we want our students to become effective and independent readers,
 they need to understand the structure of our language and the phonics
 skills that contribute to reading accuracy and fluency," said Dr. Wendy
 Cheyney who authored The Wright Skills with Dr. Judith Cohen.
     Students using the curriculum will develop skills in blending,
 segmenting and manipulating sounds, oral language, and word structure and
     "The research-based program will help districts solidify students'
 phonics skills to become successful readers," said Bodie Marx, executive
 vice president of Wright Group/McGraw-Hill.
     About Wright Group/McGraw-Hill
     Wright Group/McGraw-Hill publishes innovative, alternative core and
 supplemental literacy and mathematics programs for differentiated
 instruction and teacher training in Grades Pre-K-8. The research-based
 approach is anchored in real-world applications and is based on the
 assessed needs of students, combining developmentally appropriate materials
 with explicit outcomes.
     Wright Group is part of McGraw-Hill Education, a leading global
 provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower
 the success of professionals and students of all ages. McGraw-Hill
 Education has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 40
 languages. Additional information is available at
 http://www.mheducation.com. For more information on Wright Group's
 products, call 1-800-648-2970 or visit www.wrightgroup.com.

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