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Emergent and Beginning Literacy Learners Text SelectionsBritney WashingtonWalden UniversityDr. Dian PrestwichRead 6706November 24, 2019
Finding books on a common theme that engage both a beginning and emergent reader canbe a challenge. Both of the students that I studied have varied literacy needs and right fit books necessary to meeting those needs. In general emergent readers need text that fit their alphabetic knowledge (Hudson, 2005), high frequency word knowledge and decoding skills. This is contrasted in the needs of a beginning reader. Beginning readers need more focus on phonological awareness, fluency, and comprehension skills (Hudson, 2005). The themes of friendship and kindness seemed like a great way to connect both of my students and their variousreading levels. Each of the three texts that I chose will be used in various ways to help each student learn the skills, which they struggled with during their previous assessments. For my beginning literacy learner, I chose a text that will allow me to teach him how to segment and distinguish between words in order to develop his onset and rime awareness. I used his assessment scores to choose a narrative text, The Way I feel (Cain, 2008), as a platform to introduce multiple opportunities to notice and correctly hear blends and diagraphs at the beginning of monosyllabic words (Yopp & Yopp, 2011). I was able to connect this text and a future lesson to Common Core State Standard RF.K.2.C, which states “Blend and segment onsetsand rimes of single-syllable spoken words.” (Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, 2010) In addition to the assessment on phonics, A.M. was also assessed about his feelings of reading and learning through the Flynt/Cooter Reading Attitude Survey for Elementary Grades (Reutzel & Cooter, 2016). According to the survey, A.M.’s feelings about reading and learning new things are all positive. Due to this, I was able to take M.E.’s thematic choice and apply it to the texts that A.M. read as well.