Ch 11: Applying Reading Skills in Early Childhood Education

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Use this chapter to review what you've learned about different forms of literature and how to help students interpret meaning from various types of texts. Test yourself along the way by taking lesson quizzes.

Applying Reading Skills in Early Childhood Education - Chapter Summary

To help young students effectively develop the skills they need to understand what they are reading, you'll want to have a healthy grasp on different forms of literature and how to interpret meaning from each. This chapter will help you review various literary genres, ways to elicit meaning from these texts and how to incorporate these skills into your classroom instruction. You'll delve into poetry, fiction and informative texts. By the end of this chapter, you'll have explored:

  • Examples and themes of children's literature
  • How literary genres and forms affect the meaning of the text
  • Methods for deciphering figurative language in fiction
  • How to use text to interpret meaning from literature
  • Poetry's use of similes, metaphors and personification
  • Rhymes, sounds and rhythm in poetry
  • How to understand an informational text
  • Independent reading activities
  • Cultural and linguistic effects on reading development

Our instructors are experts in the field, and they've created these lessons in a way that makes learning and memorizing the material efficient and enjoyable. You'll find engaging video lessons that help to visually explain the topics. Video transcripts are available as a great resource for taking notes. You'll see that important concepts are highlighted in both the video and the transcript, to bring attention to pertinent ideas. There's a quiz available after each lesson for you to gauge your understanding of the topics. At the end of the chapter, you can take a cumulative exam to see how well you've absorbed information from the lessons.

10 Lessons in Chapter 11: Applying Reading Skills in Early Childhood Education
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What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

1. What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about children's literature, the only genre defined by its audience, through a discussion of its history and themes, while also taking at look at some representative examples.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

2. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

3. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

4. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry

5. Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry

Comparison is the basis of figurative language, and the most common forms of poetic comparison are simile, metaphor, and personification. In this lesson, you'll define all three terms and see several examples of each.

Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

6. Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

Many poems rhyme, but there is often more going on in terms of the sounds of the words than just what happens at the ends of the lines. This lesson explores some of the nuances of rhyme and sound in poetry.

Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

7. Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

Poetry often has a defined beat or rhythm. In this lesson, you'll review the most common forms of poetic rhythm before diving deeper into how those rhythms influence the overall effect of the poem.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

8. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

Independent Reading: Definition & Activities

9. Independent Reading: Definition & Activities

Reading abilities range from student to student. But what really separates the students with high reading ability? This lesson describes how independent readers become high achieving students.

Cultural, Ethnic & Linguistic Relationships to Reading Development

10. Cultural, Ethnic & Linguistic Relationships to Reading Development

All students have different backgrounds to bring to the classroom. This video lesson addresses some things to consider in a reading classroom with regards to students of different cultures.

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