Talk, Write, and Read: A Method for Sampling Emergent Literacy Skills


  • Donald J. Richgels


Consistent with a social-interactive view of literacy development, this report describes a method, Talk, Write, and Read (TWR), that unites the three important and related language processes in its title. In one-on-one, adult-and-child interactions, TWR involves children in talk about a picture book, spelling of target words in the book, and rereading of the book. Examples are shared of preschool and kindergarten performances with From Far Away and Up Close, a picture book in wordless and with-text versions specially written for TWR. TWR yields information about children's vocabularies, invented spelling, word awareness, and finger-point reading. Instructional implications are addressed. All necessary materials for using From Far Away and Up Close are provided.