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Cracking the Code: What makes Early-grades texts special? 19.10.2021

Overview

The early phases of learning to read are critical because they set the stage for later reading and are even linked with later risk for social-emotional and health problems.  As teachers we know that not all Lower Primary books are created equally and the features and demands of these books in this space are varied and unique.

This presentation highlights the difference between early-grade books and upper-grade books and how they are designed to facilitate young pupils’ progress.  We explore certain features within a book that helps reading growth and the development of code-cracking. We look at how pupils who read highly decodable books can outperform readers who read books with repetition of high-frequency words.  Teachers are also shown how to differentiate between books that have the same readability level by looking at certain text characteristics.

Learning Outcomes

Teachers will learn to support pupil’s reading growth by appreciating the specialness of early-grade texts.

Evaluate the most essential characteristics that make books complex.

How to look out for text-characteristic see-saw patterns

Equip teachers with a firm grasp of what makes a book more or less complex

Learn how books with different profiles can help to support the development of reading skills like decoding or using context.

Course Properties

Course date 19-10-2021 6:00 pm
Course End Date 19-10-2021 7:00 pm
Registration Start Date 14-07-2021
Cut off date 19-10-2021 4:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Speaker Edmond Scannell is a teacher at a special school in Limerick and has made numerous presentations at schools and ETBs, mainly in Literacy and Maths.
Number Hours 1
Location ZOOM online

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