After viewing the kindergarten classes, consider these questions:
How did the kindergarten teachers, Sheila Owens and John Sinnett, incorporate elements of emergent
literacy in their lessons? Which elements were the primary focus of the lessons?
What part did oral language play in both classrooms?
How did each teacher use the word wall to support word study?
What were examples of planned, explicit instruction in these excerpts? What were examples of opportunistic
Both kindergarten teachers used whole-class instruction for their word study lessons. How did it meet the
needs of all students?