Curriculum Details for
MCP Plaid Phonics
Content Expert Reviewer
Tanya S. Wright is a doctoral student in the Language, Literacy and Culture program at the University of Michigan School of Education. She received a Masters degree as a Reading Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelors degree from Columbia University. Tanya is a former Kindergarten teacher whose current research focuses on teacher professional development in the area of language and literacy.
- This is a specific phonics/word study curriculum. It is not a complete language arts program.
- It includes phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, word study and spelling skills.
- The content is accurate, and is delivered primarily though worksheets and workbook activities.
- Phonics, including: consonants, short and long vowel sounds, vowel pairs, dipthongs, digraphs, compound words, prefixes and suffixes.
- High frequency word instruction
- Work with decodable texts.
- How to locate words in the dictionary, dictionary guide words, and dictionary alphabetical order.
Alignment to Standards
This would likely align to most phonics standards.
- The curriculum includes unit pretests and posttests, review lessons and unit check-ups.
- PAPA (Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Assessment) is the suggested standardized assessment tool.
- MCP Plaid Phonics is fairly structured, suggesting what to teach, which worksheet pages to use, and what activities to do with the students.
- A script is not provided, although there are suggestions for teachers’ instructions and explanations.
- The content is entirely predefined, each of the lessons includes all of the skills that the teacher is expected to teach.
Addressing Diverse Student Needs
- The authors suggest that you can use the assessments to find the appropriate lessons for each child or for small groups.
- They include suggestions for challenge activities and for children who need extra support.
- Lessons are entirely teacher-directed.
Learning Styles Addressed
- Because the phonics component is directed at grades K-3, it would likely be developmentally appropriate to use it as a 15-minute per day supplement to a complete language arts curriculum. Would likely be inappropriate at this early age to spend more time drilling on this kind of skill.
- Suggestions are provided for kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners.
- Curriculum is focused on whole group instruction and individual practice, with limited suggestions for group work.
- There are pictures of children from a variety of backgrounds in the take-home books.
Strengths and Challenges
Challenges and Drawbacks
- Provides systematic phonics instruction that is helpful for many students as they learn to read.
- Word study and spelling instruction is also helpful for older students.
- Limited to a focus on phonics.
- Games and activities suggested in the “Focus on All Learners” section would need to be used to ensure the curriculum is engaging for students.