Reading Standards in the Early Years
The Primary Literacy Standards (NCEE/LRDC, 1999) suggest the areas for the development of literacy. The following is the general outline for reading standards:
- Knowledge of letters and their sounds.
- Phonemic awareness: The ability to hear the different sound segments at the beginning, middle, and end of words and say, or blend, separate phonemes to make meaningful utterances.
- Reading words: The ability to figure out words from knowledge of the alphabetic principles and the ability to read words learned by sight.
Getting the Meaning
- Accuracy and fluency when reading: Accuracy is the ability to recognize words correctly. Fluency is the ability to read aloud with appropriate intonations and pauses, indicating that students understand the meaning.
- Self-monitoring and self-correcting strategies.
- Reads a lot.
- Discusses books.
- Has a large vocabulary.
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