Overview of Programs
Effective Materials for Problem Readers
All Morgan Dynamic Phonics programs meet Reading First criteria. They can and have been used for obtaining Reading First monies. These programs work on all five basic skills needed for effective reading: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency and Comprehension.
- Morgan Dynamic Phonics 1 is a structured, systematic, sequential, multisensory phonics based reading program for use with elementary or middle school age children who are having trouble learning to read. It has been used succcessly in classrooms for the last 10 years. This program won second place in the New Mexico Research and Study Council 1995 Quality Education Awards from the University of New Mexico.
- Morgan Dynamic Phonics 2 is an adaptation of the first program for use with High School Students and Adults. These programs can be used with small groups (or one on one) in special education, general education, title one or ESL classrooms.
Now Used In About One Thousand Classrooms And Homes
The Parent/Tutor Version is designed for use in the home. These programs are adaptations of the Orton Gillingham reading method which has been used successfully with troubled readers for over 45 years. The easy to read instructions and the instructional video tape show you how to get started. Because of the format of the program, teachers or parents are able to learn about the structure of the English language as they teach it to their students. Important multisensory techniques help students learn basic reading skills more quickly. This kind of systematic, code based instruction has proven highly effective for beginning and problem readers.
Phonological Awareness Training
Much recent research has shown that phonological awareness is key to reading success and is often lacking in students with reading difficulties. It has also been shown that phonological awareness can be trained and that the training has a positive effect on reading and spelling progress. Morgan Dynamic Phonics incorporates three powerful phonological awareness training techniques into its daily reading and spelling lessons as well as techniques to use with pre-readers. These techniques help students to understand the structure of words and speed up the learning to read process.
From First Sounds To About A Fifth Grade Level
The Morgan Dynamic Phonics Programs (1 and 2) include more than 7200 sentences for students to read including homework for each lesson. Comprehension, Vocabulary and Fluency skills are taught through the use of reading text that is funny, engaging and meaningful, as well as through direct skills instruction and fluency drills. There are three reading books and ninety-nine lessons. The program teaches more than 5500 words and the skills to unlock thousands more. The 200 most used words and the Dolch word list through the fourth grade are included. The program ends at about a beginning fifth grade reading level.
Humorous and Meaningful Reading Text
The Morgan Dynamic Phonics System is designed to combine the relevance and fun of humorous, interactive and meaningful reading text with specific skills training in reading and spelling. THERE IS A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR LAUGHTER AND PLAY ACTING in relation to the reading text, which makes the process very enjoyable and makes written language come alive for students. The author has found that letting students move around and act a little silly at times during the reading lesson ENABLES THE TEACHER TO HOLD THEIR ATTENTION LONGER and therefore leads to faster progress in reading. Students are willing to work harder and longer when they are having a good time in the process.
Excellent Test Results
Morgan Dynamic Phonics was created during the 1992-1993 school year and put on the market in 1995. The program yielded extremely good results in the first year (Morgan 1995). The author continued to use the program in his elementary SPED classrooms, as well as sell it around the world, until the present. For over 20 years he used the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test – Revised (three different versions) to measure the reading growth of his students. The scores are from the average of Word Identification, Word Attack and Passage Comprehension. When he had 1 ½ hour reading periods each day, his reading growth scores were between 1.78 and 2.23. When he had less time per day scores ranged from 1.54 to 1.92. More progress was made when students started at a younger age. Reed Lyon once said in an IDA lecture that:
"If we don’t teach phonemic awareness and phonics in kindergarten and first grade, by 4th grade it takes four times as long to teach the same skills."
For High Schoolers And Adults
Morgan Dynamic Phonics 2 is designed for high school students or adults who have not learned to read. It can be used in a classroom or a tutoring situation. The reading text has been rewritten to be appropriate for older learners. If you can read, you can teach someone else to read with this program.
For Higher Level Readers: Dynamic Roots
The Dynamic Roots program teaches higher level reading and vocabulary skills through the study of root words, prefixes, suffixes and Latin and Greek word origins. It can be used with 4th graders through adults. A solid 4th grade reading level is required to begin this program. It can also be used after students have finished one of the Morgan Dynamic Phonics programs. This program is a great vocabulary builder and should be in every English class from 4th grade through high school.
The author, Kenneth Morgan, has a Masters Degree in Integrated Arts and Elementary Education from Lesley College and a Masters Degree in Moderate Special Needs from Northeastern University. He did his Orton Gillingham training at the Carroll School in Lincoln MA. in 1992. Kenneth has been a special needs teacher since 1984 and an educator since 1972. He published his first professional article, "Creative Phonics: A Meaning Oriented Approach" in Intervention In School and Clinic in May 1995. He currently presents at many educational conferences around the country and does one day multisensory structured language trainings for teachers and parents.