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 1.  Print awareness
 2.  The sounds of speech
 3.  Phonemic awareness
 4.  Phonics
 5.  Informal classroom-based assessment
 6.  Fluency
 7.  Vocabulary
 8.  Spelling
 9.  Writing
 10.  Text comprehension

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Module 1  –  Print awareness

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1. Print awareness is:
a. recognizing written language and understanding how it's used
b. understanding that print is made with a pen or pencil
c. analyzing students' printed handwriting
d. none of the above

2. Print awareness:
a. develops faster in girls than in boys
b. develops through child/adult interaction with various forms of print
c. is present at the time of a child's birth
d. none of the above

3. Which of the following is NOT an example of print awareness?
a. knowing that print proceeds from top to bottom on a page
b. knowing that print proceeds from left to right on a page
c. knowing that print is easier than cursive handwriting for most children
d. knowing that print is an expression of written language

4. Children's performance on print awareness tasks:
a. cannot predict future reading achievement
b. is a reliable predictor of future reading achievement
c. is a way of measuring how fast they can read
d. none of the above

5. Activities that help children become aware of print include:
a. being read to by adults
b. playing with magnetic letters
c. pretend reading
d. all of the above

6. Children with print awareness are able to:
a. count the number of words in a sentence
b. distinguish between a word and a letter on a page
c. recognize the logo for McDonald's on a billboard
d. all of the above

7. _______ does NOT encourage developement of print awareness:
a. teaching a lesson about the parts of a book (cover, title page, author, illustrator)
b. using a "big book" to read a story aloud
c. leading the song, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
d. helping a student write his name

8. Activities that help promote print awareness in children include:
a. labeling objects in a classroom
b. reading aloud to students
c. pointing out punctuation marks at the end of sentences
d. all of the above

9. Children who begin school without print awareness:
a. tend to be better readers than other students
b. will never learn to read
c. are at risk for reading difficulty
d. none of the above

10. Pretending to write a shopping list:
a. can help a child develop print awareness
b. may be bad if the child does not know the alphabet
c. has no effect on learning
d. none of the above

First Year Teacher was a pilot project of Reading Rockets, which is service of WETA, Washington D.C.'s flagship public television station. Funding for First Year Teacher was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and The Overbrook Foundation.

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