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Developing Early Literacy: Assessment and Teaching.

Developing Early Literacy: Assessment and Teaching

Author: Susan Hill Susan Hill (born February 5, 1942) is a British popular writer of fiction and non fiction. Her novels have been best sellers, and she remains best known for her ghost story The Woman in Black.  

Date: 2006

Publisher: Eleanor Curtain


I love this book! Hill provides a balanced, comprehensive and detailed explanation of early literacy development and teaching. She presents background knowledge about all areas of early literacy learning, development and teaching and she outlines a repertoire of useful teaching strategies and activities. It is a wonderful reference for all teachers of early literacy and it will strongly support learning for those training in the field of early childhood education.

Hill begins with a discussion of important principles and contemporary understandings of literacy development and teaching. Oral language and home/family practices, as significant influences on children's literacy learning, are given appropriate emphasis. The early years' literacy program is overviewed and considered in light of the need to scaffold scaffold

Temporary platform used to elevate and support workers and materials during work on a structure or machine. It consists of one or more wooden planks and is supported by either a timber or a tubular steel or aluminum frame; bamboo is used in parts of Asia.
 children's development in the modes and aspects of reading and writing.

Following the foundation chapters is a detailed look at the various components of early years' literacy development and teaching. Hill presents information about storytelling, reading aloud to children and children's literature children's literature, writing whose primary audience is children.

See also children's book illustration. The Beginnings of Children's Literature

The earliest of what came to be regarded as children's literature was first meant for adults.
. She is clear in her presentation of the important literacy learning aspects of phonological pho·nol·o·gy  
n. pl. pho·nol·o·gies
1. The study of speech sounds in language or a language with reference to their distribution and patterning and to tacit rules governing pronunciation.

 and phonemic awareness Phonemic Awareness is a subset of phonological awareness in which listeners are able to distinguish phonemes, the smallest units of sound that can differentiate meaning. For example, a listener with phonemic awareness can break the word "Cat" into three separate phonemes: /k/, /a/,  and word level work. Within the relevant chapters there is information about development and an abundance of practical teaching activities. The teaching of phonics is given appropriate attention, allowing the reader to understand phonics content, to realise the possible teaching approaches and strategies and to become familiar with different phonics teaching activities.

Early reading is considered in two sections; an overview of the concepts and processes to be developed, and classroom methods and activities for effecting children's reading development.

Importantly, reading comprehension is given significant attention. The information that Hill provides focuses on the interactive nature of reading comprehension and on the strategic nature of reading comprehension. As with other chapters, Hill also ensures there is a rich array of teaching activities.

The developmental nature of writing and the key characteristics of writing stages provide the backdrop to the chapters dedicated to the teaching of early writing. Spelling is dealt with separately; background information about spelling development and strategies for supporting young spellers is clearly presented. Knowledge around text types is also presented separately, but with reference to both reading and writing. Multiliteracies specific to the lives of young children is addressed. Both the surrounding issues and relevant early years classroom practices are presented.

Throughout this book, consideration is given to the individual learner. Hill writes about English language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations.  learners and Indigenous literacy and provides practical information on small group teaching, and on classroom planning and management for supporting the development of early literacy.
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Publication:Practically Primary
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Date:Oct 1, 2007
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