Ch 2: Understanding Emergent Literacy

About This Chapter

Get a handle on strategies for understanding emergent literacy by reviewing this chapter. Follow along with instructors as they describe key terms. Assess your level of understanding by answering multiple-choice questions on our quizzes and chapter exam.

Understanding Emergent Literacy - Chapter Summary

Understanding how emergent literacy works is essential for elementary school educators, and this chapter provides an overview of the concept. Examine definitions of emergent literacy, then go over the key teaching strategies you should know. At the end of this chapter, you will have reviewed the following information:

  • Characteristics and theories about emergent literacy
  • Emergent literacy phases
  • The influence of oral language on developmental readers
  • Phonological awareness skill-building
  • Learning to read with the alphabetic principle
  • The connection between encoding and decoding
  • How the printed word affects and promotes emergent literacy

Our lessons use several components to encourage maximum retention. Text-based lessons function as a detailed set of notes with easy-to-read topic headers and highlighted keywords. The majority of our lessons even include a video component. In the videos, instructors explain each topic with graphics, examples, and terminology descriptions.

Besides teaching you the material, we also give you practice questions. In fact, each of our lessons has a quiz, and there is an exam connected to every chapter. The multiple-choice style questions offer realistic testing conditions. You will know your quiz and exam results immediately, which helps you identify the topics you know and those topics you don't.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Understanding Emergent Literacy
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Emergent Literacy: Definition, Theories & Characteristics

1. Emergent Literacy: Definition, Theories & Characteristics

Literacy actually begins at a much earlier age than most expect. This video lesson describes a child's beginnings in the world of reading, which is called emergent literacy.

Phases of Emergent Literacy

2. Phases of Emergent Literacy

Teachers who work with young children can be more effective if they understand how emergent literacy works. This lesson will acquaint you with the phases of emergent literacy.

The Impact of Oral Language on Reading Development

3. The Impact of Oral Language on Reading Development

Oral language skills are fundamentally connected to the ability to learn reading. In this lesson, explore the direct links between oral language and reading development, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Development of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Skills

4. Development of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Skills

Students learning to read need to be aware of sounds in speech. This lesson outlines these phonemic awareness skills and details age ranges for their development.

The Alphabetic Principle & Learning to Read

5. 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.

The Relationship Between Decoding & Encoding in Phonics

6. The Relationship Between Decoding & Encoding in Phonics

Though not all children learn to read in the same way and at the same time, there are predictable relationships between some of their steps. This lesson will define decoding and encoding and detail their interplay in a developing reader.

Using Written Language to Promote Emergent Literacy Development

7. Using Written Language to Promote Emergent Literacy Development

The more exposure young children have to written language, the better accustomed they'll become to the relationship between the written word and spoken language. In this lesson, we'll look at classroom activities that use written language to support emergent literacy development.

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