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NOTICE:  The main Reading Genie index and all new pages have moved to a permanent home on the College of Education server. 
I am no longer updating this index. 

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I am Dr. Bruce Murraythe Reading Geniean associate professor of Reading Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University. Actually, there's nothing magic about learning to read when we base our instruction on the science of reading education.  We can plan lessons using this public knowledge base to ease children into reading and spelling with the alphabetic code.  Soon they will be reading independently with understanding and enjoyment.


Overview of how children learn to read words
How to help children tune into the sounds in words
How to teach phoneme awareness 
How to teach blending
How to teach a letterbox lesson
How to assess decoding and phoneme awareness
How to teach spelling as wordmapping 
How to help with oral reading
How to develop reading fluency 
Using decodable text
How to count phonemes in spoken words
How to teach letter recognition

Read a sample Reading Genie decodable book online.

Access a collection of Geniebooks in PowerPoint files here or here.
Find short-vowel decodable books written by teachers 

                    RESEARCH:  These links take you to state-of-the-art research about reading.

List of phonemes, spellings, and meaningful representations
Glossary of key terms used in decoding instruction
Bibliography of tongue twister books
Wallach and Wallach's tongue twisters
Catalog of the most frequent spellings for each phoneme 
My Test of Phoneme Identities. Find out if your child is ready to learn to read.
4-, 5-, or 6-phoneme example words for your letterbox lesson 
Hand gestures for phonemes 
Phoneme pictures for short vowels 
Ways to describe the mouth moves for phonemes
Creative phoneme chants with posters 
Phoneme-letter pictures--phoneme pictures with embedded letters
Tips From Tutors--insights from successful tutors on effective teaching strategies

RESOURCES:  These links take you to other interesting information about reading on the web.

Information about commercial phoneme awareness programs
Information about the Plains Reading Council
Information about the Alabama Reading Initiative
Educational Insights offers a fine low cost series of decodable Phonics Readers
Information about me
Kristina Sauerwein's article, "Do Rewards for Reading Really Work?"
Open Court Resources site

Click below for entertaining decodable text online.

Starfall Learn to Read
ADOPTING A READING SERIES?  First, read these analyses of the 2001 editions of five contemporary basal readers.  This is my "consumer reports" article on the leading reading series competing to teach elementary students how to read.

CRITICAL READING: Nothing But the Truth.  Everywhere we look, but especially on the web, we find emotionally charged language and opinion masquerading as fact, often written by people with little knowledge of their topics but with a strong desire to persuade.  We hope readers will learn to strip away emotional language, sort facts from opinions, examine the qualifications and motives of writers, and finally consider whether the evidence warrants believing a claim as "nothing but the truth."

Start here by reading excerpts from Avi's Nothing But the Truth.
Go here to learn how to translate emotionally loaded words into neutral language.
Go here to learn how to separate fact from opinion--and from false claims and untested claims.
Go here to learn how to weigh the motives and qualifications of a writer.
Go here to learn how to evaluate a claim and to recognize faulty arguments.