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Reading Development Stages
 
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  EMERGENT STAGE
 
 
 Emergent book characteristics:
  • Strong storylines

  • Close match of pictures and text

  • Words spaced for finger pointing

  • Repetition of text patterns in many titles


Supports and Builds Emergent reader abilities:

  • Word-finger-voice match

  • Identifies beginning and end of sentence

  • Understands importance of spacing

  • Identifies clearly defined sequence

  • Predicts using picture and one other cue

 

 


   EARLY STAGE
 
 
 Early Book Characteristics:
  • More challenging storylines

  • Less exact matching of pictures and text

  • Variety of sentence structures

  • Text position varies 

  • More words and lines per page

 


Supports and Builds Reader Abilities:
  • Identifies which words tell when, where, who, what, why, how

  • Predicts through text and context rather than illustrations

  • Copes with more varied structures

  • Knows changes in pattern may occur at sentence beginning

  • Distinguishes between question and statement

 


  FLUENT STAGE
 
 
 Fluent book characteristics:
  • More complex concepts and storylines

  • Pictures enhance and extend the text

  • Sophisticated language and structure

  • Multicultural themes

  • Diverse settings

 


Supports and Builds
Reader abilities:
  • Understands setting- time and place

  • Understands punctuation affects expression and meaning

  • Pays closer attention to descriptive detail

  • Identifies facts and supplementary detail

  • Draws conclusions from stories- some indication of underlying theme

 


Books for Young Learners Levels and Approaches Chart
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