(1) Read the title and initiate a discussion of the concepts or subject matter of a picture book, encouraging students to link the story to their own experience.
(2) Draw students’ attention to the front and back of the book, and the title page.
(3) Introduce or “float” the language of the story, including unfamiliar names or expressions.
(4) Show students the pictures of the book in sequence, and prompt students to describe what is happening and predict what might happen next.
(5) Direct attention to the conventions of print as appropriate, including
- the top and bottom of the page
- where to begin on a page
- left-to-right progression
- return sweep
- concept of a word (word/space)
- upper- and lower-case letters
- dialogue conventions
- subtitles, headings, italicized words, etc.
(6) Direct attention to important recurring words.
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