Instructions

Please read all of the resources available for Week 3.

Create a tool for classroom teachers of DAP activities applied to early literacy in a newsletter format. You should use Norton-Meier and Whitmore (2015) and Wien and Halls (2018) as examples of how to construct a newsletter that early childhood teachers could include in their toolkit.

The scope of the newsletter is on DAP literacy, and it should focus on three areas: (1) teaching, (2) learning, and (3) development.

Teaching:

The focus here is on the teacher and instructional strategies. Address what you are teaching and how you are teaching it. This component of your newsletter should pertain to DAP literacy activities in compliance with NAEYC standards and demonstrate how teachers can utilize early childhood spaces (both indoors and outdoors) to engage, motivate, and help children thrive academically.

You should construct activities consistent with the following 5 types of instruction.

  • Direct/Explicit Instruction
  • Centers
  • Free Play
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Guided Reading

Learning:

The focus here is on the student and effective learning strategies. Address what the students are experiencing during the instruction and how teachers will know when the instruction is working. Incorporate images and graphics that convey the importance of the environment in learning. These images should align with the text provided about the contextual space in the instruction component required above.

Development:

The focus here is on specific behavioral, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development milestones. For each of the instructional methods (direct instruction, centers, free play, small group, and guided reading) and learning strategies, you should demonstrate the developmental relevance and implications for each teaching-learning combination. Development is complex and multidimensional, so when you present the developmental implications for each teaching-learning approach there should be at least two developmental trajectories or implications presented in the newsletter to align with the teaching-learning approach.

Note: Despite the newsletter format, you are still expected cite within the newsletter in terms of support, rationale, and justification for the claims applied. It should be clear that you have an understanding of the content as well as how the existing literature is connected to your information.

Length: 6-8 pages (including graphics as long as the images do not make up more than 25% of the newsletter). Title page and references are not included in the page requirement. If you select a newsletter template that makes it difficult to include references in APA format; you should create a separate WORD doc. file with your references in APA format. In this case, you would have two files to upload (i.e., the newsletter and the references). If you create your newsletter in WORD then you should include the references in APA format at the end of the newsletter, and submit one file.

References: References should be APA format and uploaded to the Dropbox as one file with references included or as two files if the references need to be separate. Minimum 5 references for this assignment; they should include a mix of NAEYC, scholarly, and professional resources. They can be from the weekly reading or some that you identify independent of the reading list for the week.