1Selecting Texts for Emergent and Beginning Literacy LearnersMaster of Science in Education, Walden UniversityEDUC 6706: Literacy Development, Pre K-3 Dian PrestwichJuly 28, 2021
2Selecting Texts for Emergent and Beginning Literacy LearnersAs a teacher, it is essential to choose the right texts for reading and writing instruction forour literacy learners. Students who enter our classroom have a wide range of abilities and the past couple weeks, we have focused on two types of literacy learners: emergent and beginning literacy learners. Dr. Hartman explained a tool, known as the literacy matrix that is designed to help teachers choose texts that meet the needs of all their students. The matrix consists of four quadrants divided into two continuums, one continuum allows me to determine whether a text is more narrative or informational and the other continuum allows me to determine whether a text is more linguistic or semiotic (Walden University, 2014). This paper will examine a narrative, informational, and digital text that will support emergent and beginning literacy learners. The topic I chose to focus on when selecting my texts was pigs. The first text I chose for my emergent and beginning literacy learner was a narrative text, The Three Little Pigs, by Parragon Books (Parragon Books, 2014). This text falls under the narrative-semiotic text in the literacy matrix (Walden University, 2014). It tells a story about three little pigs who set off to build homes, one made of straw, one made of wood, and one made of brick (Parragon Books, 2014). The big bad wolf blows down one pig’s house made of straw, another pig’s house made ofwood, but was unable to blow down the third pig’s house made of brick (Parragon Books, 2014). I chose to use this text as a read-aloud for both my emergent and beginning literacy learners.