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Ch 2: Praxis Early Childhood Education: Reading & Literature

About This Chapter

View our video lessons to prepare for reading and literature questions that appear on the Praxis Early Childhood: Content Knowledge test. Strengthen your understanding of the alphabetic principle, reading instructional methods and reading challenges.

Praxis Early Childhood Education: Reading & Literature - Chapter Summary

If you need to refresh your reading and literature knowledge for the Praxis Early Childhood: Content Knowledge test, take a look at the short video lessons in this chapter. They cover the process of learning to read and reading development. You'll also study instructional methods that help students improve not only their reading skills but also literary response abilities. After finishing the chapter's lessons, you should be able to:

  • Explain the alphabetic principle
  • Describe reading development methods
  • Understand how to determine meanings from words' relationships
  • Analyze themes in children's literature
  • Recognize the role of children's books in reading development
  • Describe activities used to respond to literature
  • List signs of reading difficulty

The video lessons are just a few minutes long and offer straightforward explanations of key concepts in reading development. Our professional instructors discuss several instructional strategies and use real-world examples to help you retain the material.

Objectives of the Praxis Early Childhood Education: Reading & Literature Chapter

The Praxis tests assess your readiness to work in the field of education as a teacher; in fact, Praxis exams are typical requirements of teaching certification or licensure candidates. The computer-based Praxis Early Childhood: Content Knowledge test evaluates your preparedness as an early childhood teacher.

The concepts discussed in this chapter's video lessons correlate with those found in the test's language and literacy category, which accounts for 31% of the exam. The test questions are multiple-choice or in other selected-response formats. Our self-assessment quizzes included with each lesson are in a similar format to those found on the Praxis, which gives you practice answering these types of questions.

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Praxis Early Childhood Education: Reading & Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Alphabetic Principle & Learning to Read

1. The Alphabetic Principle & Learning to Read

Learning to read can often be a complex process for children, especially bilingual and other language learners. How does the alphabetic principle come into play? This lesson will explain how all children use the principle to develop reading.

Steps in Learning to Read

2. Steps in Learning to Read

Learning to read is a multifaceted process. This lesson will explore the steps necessary to learn how to read and will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.

Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

3. Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

Ever heard the phrase 'reading is the gateway to all learning'? Reading is one of the areas targeted by most states for assessment because it not only is a critical area in academics, but also an area where most students were not showing gains. This lesson will highlight strategies to help struggling readers develop skills to be successful in the classroom.

Activities & Strategies for Student Reading Development

4. Activities & Strategies for Student Reading Development

Helping students develop their reading skills can create learners who love to read. This lesson offers some ideas that help young readers develop their reading abilities.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

5. Understanding Words By Their Relationships

Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

6. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

7. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

8. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

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

9. 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.

How Children's Books Facilitate Reading Development

10. How Children's Books Facilitate Reading Development

When learning to read, it's important for children to, well, read. Sounds simple, right? Not so fast. The right book can make all the difference between a positive and frustrating experience. This lesson outlines how books help children learn to read and offers a guide to finding that perfect text.

Strategies & Activities for Responding to Literature

11. Strategies & Activities for Responding to Literature

A piece of literature can be a daunting task for some students. This lesson gives a few strategies for having your students respond to literature in relatable and applicable ways.

Identifying Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

12. Identifying Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

This lesson introduces the signs and symptoms often displayed by early elementary age students who are having difficulty with reading. Specific signs at each grade level are identified and discussed.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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