Topic 1 DQ 1. A rich literacy environment is a critical consideration when setting up a classroom for learners. Explain how the age and development of the students guide these decisions and discuss two tools, visuals, and room arrangement strategies to consider when promoting literacy for students in each area listed below:

Early learners/emergent readers
Promotion of critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Conducting research skills
Writing about research
In replies to peers, provide a link to research that supports or refutes at least one of the strategies discussed.
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A rich literacy environment is a critical consideration when setting up a classroom for learners. It is important to create a space that is inviting, comfortable, and well-stocked with easily accessible materials. The age and development of the students should guide these decisions.

Early learners/emergent readers

Tools:
Picture books
Alphabet books
Rhyming books
Books with repetitive text
Books with predictable patterns
Books with familiar characters
Visuals:
Word walls
Alphabet charts
Rhyming charts
Predictable pattern charts
Character posters
Room arrangement:
Reading nooks
Writing centers
Bookshelves
Tables and chairs
Display areas

Promotion of critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Tools:
Problem-solving books
Thinking maps
Graphic organizers
KWL charts
Venn diagrams
Visuals:
Problem-solving posters
Thinking map posters
Graphic organizer posters
KWL chart posters
Venn diagram posters
Room arrangement:
Problem-solving centers
Thinking map centers
Graphic organizer centers
KWL chart centers
Venn diagram centers

Conducting research skills

Tools:
Reference books
Encyclopedias
Almanacs
Atlases
Online databases
Visuals:
Research guides
How-to posters
Reference book charts
Room arrangement:
Research centers
Reference book area
Online database area

Writing about research

Tools:
Writing journals
Writing folders
Writing templates
Editing checklists
Visuals:
Writing process posters
Writing rubrics
Room arrangement:
Writing centers
Writing workshop area

Research

Supporting:
A study by the National Council of Teachers of English found that students who are exposed to a rich literacy environment are more likely to become successful readers and writers.
A study by the University of California, Berkeley found that students who have access to a variety of literacy materials are more likely to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Refuting:
There is no research that refutes the importance of a rich literacy environment.

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