• Background knowledge about many topics
  • example: This book is about zoos – that's where lots of animals live.
  • Extensive oral and print vocabularies
  • example: Look at my trucks – I have a tractor, and a fire engine, and a bulldozer.
  • Understandings about how the English language works
  • example: We say she went home, not she goed home.
  • Understandings about how print works
  • example: reading goes from left to right
  • Knowledge of various kinds of texts
  • example: I bet they live happily ever after.
  • Various purposes for reading
  • example: I want to know what ladybugs eat.


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