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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
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1. Emergent Literacy: Definition, Theories & Characteristics
Emergent literacy refers to literacy skill development that begins early in childhood, before formal lessons at school. Learn more about the definitions of literacy and emergent literacy, and learn about some of the characteristics of emergent literacy, such as phonemic awareness. Finally, learn about some of the theories of emergent literacy.
2. Phases of Emergent Literacy
Emergent literacy is the developmental period where a child gains an understanding of printed language, appearing in phases. Identify the features of the phases of emergent literacy, including language, reading, drawing, and writing.
3. The Impact of Oral Language on Reading Development
The ability to read is directly impacted by the understanding of oral language. Learn the basic skills in oral language acquisition, and how these fundamentals improve the development of reading skills.
4. Development of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Skills
Phonemic awareness is the ability to process and manipulate sounds related to speech, while phonological awareness includes more complex connections and uses of speech. Explore the developmental stages of phonological and phonemic awareness skills in humans ages 2-7.
5. The Alphabetic Principle & Learning to Read
The alphabetic principle demonstrates a predictable system of relationships between written letters and spoken words. Gain a solid understanding of the concepts involving the most basic unit of speech and their role in learning to read.
6. The Relationship Between Decoding & Encoding in Phonics
In phonics, encoding is writing letters/sounds, whereas decoding is the counterpart of deciphering words and sounds from a text. Explore the conceptual differences, and how each relates to the development of reading skills in children.
7. Using Written Language to Promote Emergent Literacy Development
Written language can help promote emergent literacy development in many ways, such as having a print rich environment, reading a calendar daily, or hanging signs that have words and pictures. Discover how to use written language to develop literacy through classroom rules and routines.
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- Literacy Instruction & Assessment
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- Tools & Resources for Science Instruction
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- Scientific Data Interpretation & Analysis
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- Basics of Physical Science
- Basics of Earth Science
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- Cells & Organ Systems
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- Interactions Among Living Things
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- Number Theory Concepts
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