Ch 2: Understanding Emergent Literacy

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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

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Emergent Literacy: Definition, Theories & Characteristics

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.

Phases 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.

The Impact of Oral Language on Reading Development

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.

Development of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness 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.

The Alphabetic Principle & Learning to Read

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.

The Relationship Between Decoding & Encoding in Phonics

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.

Using Written Language to Promote Emergent Literacy Development

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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