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Uncovering the Logic of English

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Uncovering the Logic of English
A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy

Second Edition 

This multiple-award winning book reveals the phonograms and spelling rules that explain 98% of English words. The rules are presented in an easy-to-read, straightforward manner with ample examples. Their relevance to spelling and teaching reading is highlighted through stories which lighten the topic and clearly demonstrate the vital need for this knowledge in our classrooms, businesses, and society.

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It is generally believed that English is a language of exceptions. For many, learning to spell and read is frustrating. For some, it is impossible…especially for the 29% of Americans who are functionally illiterate.

But what if the problem is not the language itself, but the rules we were taught? What if we could see the complexity of English as a powerful tool rather than a hindrance?—Denise Eide

Uncovering the Logic of English challenges the notion that English is illogical by systematically explaining English spelling and answering questions like “Why is there a silent final E in have, large, and house?” and “Why is discussion spelled with -sion rather than -tion?” With easy-to-read examples and anecdotes, this book describes:

  • the phonograms and spelling rules which explain 98% of English words.
  • how English words are formed and how this knowledge can revolutionize vocabulary development.
  • how understanding the reasons behind English spelling prevents students from needing to guess.

The author’s inspiring commentary makes a compelling case that understanding the logic of English could transform literacy education and help solve America’s literacy crisis. Thorough and filled with the latest linguistic and reading research, Uncovering the Logic of English demonstrates why this systematic approach should be as foundational to our education system as 1 + 1 = 2.


 “A gem of a book that brings light to the way in which words are read and spelled…”
—Dr. Reid Lyon, Professor of Education Policy, Southern Methodist University
“An outstanding resource for all educators and parents.”
—Katherine P. Weitz, Author of Classical Writing
“Uncovering the Logic of English will be really helpful for teaching reading to children who are mathematical pattern thinkers…”
Dr. Temple Grandin author of Thinking in Pictures
"A clarion call to parents, teachers, and educators everywhere."
Dr. Robert W. Sweet Jr., President, The National Right to Read Foundation

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    Product Information

    2nd Edition. Available in Print and PDF.

    • Paperback
    • 204 pages
    • Weight: 12 oz.
    • Product SKU: BU2UP Case SKU: BU2UP44
    • ISBN 978-1-936706-21-1
    • PDF digital download
    • Product SKU: BU2UA
      ISBN 978-1-936706-23-5

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