Index of Demonstration Examples
How It Works - The TechChange Voice: Girl

Background Article: The End of Abstract Reading Instruction

Learning to Read 1-2-3: 
1) Click on any word.  
2) Try to read word in Pop-up. Can't? Click word in Pop-up.
3) Repeat step 2 as needed. 

Select a student group below to access a menu of examples:


4th - 6th
Middle School
High School 

Click on any word:


to ice eye have
know meow wolf pour
fury idea heart acres
great laugh mosque color
mishap height shoulder daughter
Thomas science success gorgeous
physical porpoise architect Virginia
Hawaii knickknack terrorism sauerkraut
knowledgeable impossibilities tyrannosaurus fahrenheit
No more guessing. No more shame.

Install the Chrome browser extension to add the same PQ App functionality experienced on the demonstration pages to all html content on the web and your local machine (soon PDFs).

The PQ App provides autonomous learning-to-read guidance and support which safely and differentially stretches the learner’s mind into learning to decode. Instead of teaching phonics rules and spelling patterns to be later applied (hopefully) to the decoding of unfamiliar words, the PQ App interactively guides students through the process of working out unfamiliar words and it teaches them the rules and patterns in the process. See our LinkedIn article for the general 'case' behind the PQ App's design. 

HOW IT WORKS: Every time a student encounters a word she or he doesn’t recognize, they touch or click it. This brings up a pop-up box containing the word.  Clicking on the word in the pop-up results in visual and audible ‘cues’ that reduce and often eliminate the (letter-sound-pattern) confusions in the word. With each click, the cues advance through a consistent series of steps that reveal (where applicable):  the word’s segments, long and short sounds, silent letters, letter-sound exceptions, and groupings (blends and combinations). At each step, the student uses the cues to try again to recognize the word. If they can’t, they click again.  If all of the cues (seen and heard) after the initial clicks aren’t sufficient to recognize the word, a final click causes the pop-up to animate (visually and audibly) the ‘sounding-out’ of the word and lastly, the playing of the word’s sound as it is normally heard.

PQs (pronunciation cues) are visible variations in the appearance of letters that tell readers which of a letter's or group of letter's possible sounds it or they are actually making in the word they are looking at. There are three type of Pcues:

Single Letter Simple
Single Letter Exceptions
Group Letters

(click on example words)

PCUE STYLE Function Examples
Bold Says its name ate, bee, deep, peanut, car, teepee, obedient
Normal Most common sound bat, can, it, run, sam, tip, top, credited
Gray No sound any, bone, bright, itch, baby, little, expediency
PCUE Style Function Examples
Raised Higher sounding boots, dancing, dry, of, mini, says, Xerox
Lowered Lower sounding books, cage, eight, onion, gym, hymnal
Stretched Longer/drawn out ball, doll, cough, quack, yarn, suave, yearly
Lowered-Rotated 'r' 'er' sound razor, liar, dirt, fire, burn, murderer, ogre
Shrunken 'uh' (schwa) sound about, bagel, diet, April, color, oxygen
PCUE Style Function Examples
Dotted Underline Blended Letters Harry, pyramid, length, learning, airplane
Solid Underline Combined Letters about, beach, phone, motion, stew, mirror

THE TECH: The PQ App is a stand-alone App, Chrome browser extension, or embeddable script that works with ANY word in any html content (soon PDFs), and that can be used by learners of all ages (preschoolers and up) to interactively learn their way to proficient reading without requiring explicit, abstract, reading instruction (other than the 2-5 steps of using the app). The demonstration example pages in this site use the embedded script so that installation of the App or Chrome browser extension is not required to experience the tool.

Install the Chrome browser extension to add the same PQ App functionality experienced on the demonstration pages to all html content on the web and your local machine (soon PDFs).

PQ App Background 

Resources: What is Reading - The Brain's ChallengeReading Shame - Reading In The Brain - Oral Language and Reading Comprehension - Children of the Code

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