Project SEEL: Part I. Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy Instruction

Culatta, Barbara; Aslett, Richard; Fife, Megan; Setzer, Lee Ann
January 2004
Communication Disorders Quarterly;Winter2004, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p79
Academic Journal
Part I of a three-part series, this article describes Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy Instruction (SEEL), a program designed to engage and motivate children as they learn early literacy skills. The project, implemented in Spanish as part of a dual- language program, used a variety of interactive literacy activities and tailor-made texts to expose children to target phonic patterns. The teacher and trained assistants provided practice with reading and writing the target literacy patterns using customized texts associated with read-alouds, story enactments, play routines, and "make and do" activities. This article provides the project's rationale; describes the texts, activities, and con- texts; and explains how the program was implemented in a dual-language (Spanish-English) kindergarten.


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