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Frankly Freddy Blog

TextProject president and CEO Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert blogs about important issues in reading research and practice.

Frankly Freddy entries (published from 2005 to 2014) have been sorted into five topics of literacy learning and instruction. Click here to download the ebook!

What Exactly is a Decodable Text?

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 17 June 2010

Any text written in English is decodable at some level in that the code never deviates from the alphabetic system. However, the degree to which the letter-sound correspondences within words are common or consistent can vary considerably.

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Whatever Happened to Dick and Jane?

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 4 June 2010

If you were 6 years old between 1930-1967 in the U.S., there is a high likelihood that this text was the first of your school career.

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High-Leverage Action #3

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 14 November 2009

ELLs may have the concepts of a topic but simply give the concepts different labels than the English ones. In a unit on the human body, native Spanish speakers know about a skeleton.

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High-Leverage Action #2

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 7 November 2009

In linguistics, cognates are words that have a common origin.

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High-Leverage Action #1

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 31 October 2009

We know that oral language is a primary way in which meaning gets constructed and built. Through talk, we come to understand concepts and our interpretations and ownership of ideas.

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High-Leverage Actions That Can Make a Difference

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 29 October 2009

As facilitator of the 2009 CREATE conference, I promised attendees that I would reflect on what I view to the important take-aways from the conference and share them in this venue.

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Private, Personal, and Peculiar

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 1 October 2009

An idiom is a phrase whose meaning cannot be established by a literal translation of the words in the phrase.

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Welcome back, Freddy

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 11 September 2009

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Everyday Events

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 9 September 2009

Vocabulary is one of the topics that Cassidy and Cassidy listed as hot in Reading Today. Vocabulary should always be a hot topic in that it forms the foundation of knowing and learning anything. A typical direction that educators take when a topic is hot is to think of lessons and materials and curriculum. These things are part of the solution but an additional resource lies in the everyday talk of classrooms. Language is the medium of human interaction and, like any human context, language fills classroom life.

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