Having plenty of engaging books on hand is important for young readers, whether your student is learning at home or in school. Each of the Starting Back Sets includes eight books selected by level, two stamped postcards, two Danny + Bee labels (just waiting to be personalized), a 12 x 9″ reusable dry erase whiteboard with marker and eraser*, and a clear 4 mil Polyethylene, acid-free and archival safe HangUp bag. The handled HangUp bag is waterproof and can be wiped off and reused. The bag measures 12-1/2″ H x 14″ W and is perfect for transporting books to and from the classroom or for efficient, safe hanging storage. The 3-3/4″ gray handles of the bag snap together for security and have molded thumb grips for easy opening.
Titles included in the Starting Back E-H Fiction Set are:
- Halloween Danny (E)
- Danny’s New Toy (E)
- The Drone (F)
- Giddyup Lucky (F)
- Danny and Bee Look for a Honeybee Yard (G)
- Danny’s Bee Goes to the Hospital (G)
- Danny and the Bully (H)
- Baby Elephant is Thirsty (H)
* Dry erase whiteboard with marker and eraser included in sets only while supply lasts.
Emergent – Upper Emergent Readers
Emergent readers are just learning what books are and how they work, and are starting to understand that the purpose of writing is to convey a message or meaning. For emergent readers, both the pictures and text of a book work together to create meaning. This is a point at which young readers learn to use the sources of information (meaning, structure, and visual) found in text.
Learning directionality is critical at this stage. Whether emergent readers are reading aloud to themselves or are being read aloud to, they should be able to demonstrate one-to-one matching of voice to printed text. Students reading at this level are developing comprehension strategies and word-attack skills. They are more comfortable reading books with several lines of text on a page and less dependent on controlled, repetitive vocabulary.
Upper Emergent Readers are still reading text with three to eight lines of print per page, but the print size is slightly smaller and there are more words on a page. With early reading behaviors completely under control, they are able to understand more complex story lines and ideas. Readers at this level can use a range of word-solving strategies. They read text with some content-specific words, but most texts have a minimum of challenging vocabulary words. In their oral reading, upper emergent readers demonstrate appropriate rate, phrasing, intonation, and word stress.
Stories for Upper Emergent Readers are longer and more literary, with less repetition in the text structure. When reading fiction, Upper Emergent Readers are beginning to meet characters who are more developed. Readers are able to process dialogue and reflect it through appropriate word stress and phrasing. Plots and characters are more elaborate. Because they now easily recognize a large number of high-frequency words, readers are able to engage in more in-depth thinking and solve words with complex spelling patterns.
Readers at all levels benefit from reading both fiction and nonfiction/informational books. MaryRuth Books offers many fiction and nonfiction/informational leveled readers, suggested and used by Reading Recovery® and Guided Reading educators.