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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Young Authors at Work: Literature Response Journals
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Pequeños autores: Diarios de respuestas literarias
Polish Version: Młodzi autorzy przy pracy: Dzienniki wrażeń z literatury
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Early Literacy
Language Arts
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 2. Demonstrate understanding and enjoyment of literature.
4. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent reading skills and abilities.
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
Learning Standards: 2.A. Demonstrate interest in stories and books.
2.B. Recognize key ideas and details in stories.
4.A. Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
4.B. Demonstrate an emerging knowledge and understanding of the alphabet.
4.D. Demonstrate emergent phonics and word-analysis skills.
5.A. Demonstrate growing interest and abilities in writing.
5.B. Use writing to represent ideas and information.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
Benchmarks: 2.A.ECa. Engage in book-sharing experiences with purpose and understanding.
2.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, retell familiar stories with three or more key events.
4.B.ECd. With teacher assistance, begin to form some letters of the alphabet, especially those in own name.
4.D.ECc. With teacher assistance, begin to use knowledge of letters and sounds to spell words phonetically.
5.B.ECa. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to express an opinion about a book or topic.
5.C.ECb. With teacher assistance, recall factual information and share that information through drawing, dictation, or writing.