SRA Decoding C

SRA Decoding C is a reading intervention program. It is appropriate for students in grades 4-12 who have mastered many basic reading skills but who have trouble with multisyllabic words and typical textbook material. Students learn more than 500 new vocabulary words, read a variety of passage types, and are introduced to the standard types of sentence structures that they will be asked to read in their textbooks.

What is Taught?

Phonemic Awareness

• Review of auditory pronunciation, both recognition and production of sounds
• Auditory segmenting
• Identifying beginning, ending, and medial sounds

Phonics and Word Analysis

• Review of letter combinations within words
• Additional sound combinations
• Affixes and their meanings
• Decoding multi-syllabic words using known parts
• Daily reading of decodable connected text
• Reading selections that contain a high percentage of new words
• Reading narrative and expository text


• Tracking
• Reading and rereading decodable connected text
• Practice for rate and accuracy
• Charting of daily fluency progress


• Cause and effect
• Main idea
• Compare/contrast
• Sequencing
• Summarizing/retelling
• Referencing text for specific factual information

What does a daily class look like?

  1. Reviewing sound combinations from the previous lesson
  2. Word practice: For example - "plunger" "Say the underlined sound, and then read the whole word."
  3. Vocabulary: Students read and discuss the meaning of each word. (Examples are words like: device, investigation, beaker)
  4. Sound combinations: For example, /tion/. Read aloud words that have the /tion/ sound.
  5. Word practice: Reading words that will be used in the current story
  6. Story reading: Students read parts of the story aloud. Oral questions are asked, throughout the story reading to check students' understanding.
  7. Individual reading checkouts: Students are assigned a partner and each students reads a section of the text to their partner. The goal is read quickly and correctly.
  8. Independent student work: Students complete the workbook lesson and the open end response question that accompanies the lesson.

Parental Involvment

• Encourage your child to read stories/passages that are both fiction and nonfiction. Ask who, what, when, where, and why questions about the material that is read.
• Talk about unfamiliar vocabulary from what is read
• Discuss fact versus opinion if it applies to the text
• Have your child make predictions about the text based on the title, pictures, table of contents and what they have read so far.
• Ask about the main idea
• Encourage your child to draw conclusions about what they read
• Help your child sound out multisyllabic words.