Decodable texts

What are decodable texts?

Decodable texts are specifically written for beginning readers as they are developing their blending and segmenting skills and their knowledge of the alphabetic code. Decodable texts support students as they practise by using a continuous meaningful text.

Decodable texts contain a very large percentage of words that incorporate the letter-sound relationships that students have been taught. Decodable texts increase in complexity as the student learns more of the phonetic code.

Watch the following video for a brief explanation of the purpose of decodable texts.

The purpose of decodable texts

Decodable texts in the classroom

This series of videos explains the role of decodable texts in developing reading skills and provides classroom examples.

You get good at what you practise

Decodable texts give students an opportunity to practise their developing skills - with Dr Deslea Konza

A look at decodable texts

Exploring the features of decodable texts.

Using decodable texts in the classroom

A teacher uses a decodable text with a small group of students for explicit reading instruction

Decodable text example

Example of a decodable text.


Teachers talk about how they use decodable texts in their classrooms to practice the strategies students are being taught in this podcast (listen on SoundCloud).

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