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Phonics is described as "comprehension letter-sound relationships, as well as larger letter pattern/sound pattern connections" (Ruddell, 2009). Though in my opinion there is a lot more to phonics than this. There are several aspects to phonics, several kinds of phonics, drawbacks to this thought, and several ways to teach it. Within this paper I will address all of those based on research I found, the discussion I had with my peers, along with my very own opinion. There are different elements to phonics that should be taken into account by instructors. The first is how significant phonics would be to kids. It's said that "both phonics and fluency have to be taught, practiced, and nurtured from the first stages of reading instruction and supplied to students at any given age" who are not proficient in some specific aspects of studying (Rasinski, Rupley, & Nichols, 2008). I think this to be true and that learning phonics from a young age and gaining complete understanding of it before second grade will improve several different facets of the reading process. This leads into another facet that phonics isn't only important to develop the basic skill of relating sounds to letters but also to help kids read. The National Reading Panel (the NRP) found that phonics instruction helped children learn and improve additional extremely important skills to aid their reading. These other skills included decoding, studying pseudo-words, word identification, spelling, oral reading, understanding, and general literacy (Garan, 2001). This is a subject that was discussed in the self study discussion in class. We think that together with the understanding of phonics a kid will be able to have higher fluency, better understanding, and improved terminology (these being other self research topics). With this...