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Early Language & Literacy KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Early Language and Literacy KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting language and literacy development in early learners from birth through age eight. Its focus is to support parents and caregivers in helping early learners with their language and literacy development, and teachers in enhancing their instruction for early learners from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3.

Task 2: Understanding the National Reading Panel's Report - The Five Components of Learning to Read

Guideline: As requested by the United States Congress, the purpose of the National Reading Panel was to "assess the status of research-based knowledge, including the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching children to read." The resulting report issued in 2000 addressed five components of learning to read: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This task provides information on these components and helps educators of early learners enhance their awareness of the Teaching Children to Read report.




This link is to ReadWriteThink, a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation. This website includes lessons (by grades, title or literacy connection), student materials and resources.


Putting Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read - A Parent Guide

This Partnership for Reading brochure discusses the basics on how to help your child become a reader — what to look for at school and do at home in 25 easy-to-follow tips. The Partnership for Reading was a collaborative effort of National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the U.S. Department of Education and the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Putting Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read

This teacher's guide supporting the Teaching Children to Read report guide provides a framework for using the findings of the National Reading Panel in the classroom. This guide devoted to Kindergarten through third grade addresses the five components for teaching children to read.


National Reading Panel Report "Teaching Children to Read"

This link to the National Reading Panel website provides access to publications and materials on the panel's Teaching Children to Read report.


National Reading Panel Report "Teaching Children to Read" - A Summary from the International Reading Association

This document describes the International Reading Association's summary of the National Reading Panel's report, "Teaching Children to Read." Within the document are summarized findings for each of the subgroups of the study: alphabetics, fluency, comprehension, teacher education and computer technology. These summaries are useful in evaluating current and/or prospective reading programs in the school.