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Noah Text specifically capitalizes on syllable patterns, as we know English has a complex syllable structure. As well, we know proper syllable segmentation enhances reading fluency.
What is Noah Text?
Noah Text recognizes that print is a code for speech. It is a map, a map that can be highlighted to show its most critical features. Map Quest highlights routes and road names. Noah Text highlights syllable/rime patterns and long vowels.
To the science of phonics, it honors what is systematic within our language. It honors onset/rime instruction, vowel sound instruction, and syllable segmentation — all things we know enhance phonological awareness and fluency. Phonics teachers have been highlighting these patterns with their students for years. Noah Text is simply embedding this practice in real and enriching texts. As well, it’s recognizing that the English writing system is extremely inconsistent with its spelling, as research shows fifty percent of our language is of foreign origin. Thus, Noah Text is giving saliency and order to a system that can sometimes overwhelm both young readers and struggling readers — alleviating the burden our complex writing system puts on working memory.
Where can I find more books in Noah Text?
The Mystical Years of Franklin Noah Peterson chapter book series was written for ages 9 to adult. This series is beloved by both children and adults alike and comes in both plain text and Noah Text. The books line up page for page in all versions so that in a group setting the kids that have books in Noah Text do not stand out from the kids that have plain text.
The Zack Early Readers, written for ages 5 to 8, are simple and fun to use for both teacher and student. They provide motivation to read, as kids want to continue to solve the mystery they find in Zack’s imaginative world. Of course, the added benefit here is that it inspires kids’ imaginations while at the same time presenting regularities in words. All the teacher needs to do is pre-train the student to recognize the rimes in bold and the long vowels underscored. Some kids will need more pre-training than others. A page of recommended teaching hints is provided at the beginning of each reader.
The Mystical Years of Franklin Noah Peterson comes in Noah Text (Syllables + Long Vowels) for maximum reading benefit, Noah Text (Just Syllables) for more skilled readers, and plain text for proficient readers.
Noah Text recognizes that humans developed our writing systems so that we can better communicate with one another, and from a modern standpoint, the ability to read is critical to our survival. Thus, the writing system we inherit cannot be taken lightly. It also recognizes that English spelling reform has been debated throughout our history and continues to be debated. Noah Text believes it is answering that call for reformation without altering the print system in anyway. Noah Text is simply giving readers the key to the puzzle by highlighting critical word patterns – enhancing reading fluency and skill. In that light, we ask that teachers, parents, and concerned citizens support Noah Text by utilizing our books and spreading the word. This will ensure the likelihood of seeing Noah Text available in ALL print media to support ALL readers.
The Noah Text chapter books are perfect for those students that are not confident readers, the readers that don’t have fluency or speed, and tend to read in a halting fashion. These chapter books will help them decode unfamiliar words on their own. All the teacher needs to do is pre-train the student to recognize the syllable patterns in bold and the long vowels underscored. Some kids will need more pre-training than others, and remarkably, we have found some need none at all. As well, because of varying abilities and specific learning disabilities, some students may use Noah Text as a short-term tool; others may use it as a long-term tool. Of course, this also depends on the complexity of the text in future books. We’ve also found this version to be a great tool for kids that are transitioning out of a structured reading program using decodable texts.
How do I use the Noah Text Early Readers?
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Noah Text will continue to add more books to its current series and is currently working with authors to have their books modified in Noah Text, so that ALL individuals have a chance to enjoy a variety of great literature. Our website will be updated as these books become available.
*The word “rime” is a linguistic term and refers to the pattern of letters starting with the vowel and going to the end of the syllable. The relevancy of the rime is clear when you sound out various words letter by letter. For example, try sounding out the word thought or night letter by letter. It doesn’t make sense; you’re subject to self-correction. Even the simplest words in English can be problematic. However, if you’re oriented to the rime, it’s –ought thought and –ight night. No self-correction is needed. This is only one example of the relevancy of the rime given by Dr. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski in her book Find the Vawol, Read the Rime, Learn to Read.
The Zack Early Readers come in Noah Text (Rimes + Long Vowels) for maximum reading benefit and Noah Text (Just Rimes) for slightly more skilled readers.
What is the significance of Noah Text?
Noah Text specifically capitalizes on the rime pattern to bring predictability to the numerous high frequency words and sight words the child is otherwise required to memorize. It also recognizes that orienting the child to rime patterns allows them to recognize syllables in multisyllable words much more readily. From an orthographic standpoint, the rime is essentially a syllable within a syllable, i.e., -ate in rate, -ight in light, -ind in mind. These patterns show up in later words, such as hindsight and tolerate. Highlighting these organic features is natural, simple to understand, and fluid, yet not overly scientific and rule oriented, nor overly burdensome to one’s memory. As well, the rime pattern is phonologically accessible to both young and adult readers.**
**The key predictor of children requiring intensive reading instruction in English is poor phonological awareness skills. Yet, it is much less often a concern in languages with consistent writing systems, as the predictability of the language itself helps remediate this issue. That’s why we need to make our writing system as predictable as possible!
To the whole language philosophy, it honors meaningful reading experiences.Noah Text can be applied to any book without altering the richness and depth of the story. Thus, it’s natural. It was developed based on the premise that the English writing system is one of the deepest and most complex in the world — requiring two to three times more reading instruction time and practice compared to most other languages. Thus, Noah Text is simulating what simpler writing systems have that we don’t — visibly clear and consistent word patterns.
Noah Text is a “supplemental” reading system that highlights critical patterns in words. It highlights rimes* and long vowels in early readers, and syllables and long vowels in advanced readers. Noah Text is a “scaffolded” reading system giving readers independence while at the same time enhancing fluency, speed, and reading skill.
Most importantly, Noah Text has the ability to catch those dysfluent “good enough” readers that avoid reading at all costs. We now have a way to catch them before they are totally turned off to learning. We can give them “independence” to read under a “scaffolded” approach. We can give them the opportunity to flourish and be exposed to books that inspire their imaginations, hearts, and minds. As we all well know, the more you read the faster you will be! Once confidence builds, the scaffold can slowly be taken away.
If you find this version too advanced, you may want to consider starting with the early readers to orient the student to rime patterns. The science behind this is that students cannot fluidly recognize syllables without first understanding the role of the rime.
How do I use the Noah Text Chapter Books?