Instructional Strategy

An instructional activity for addressing concepts of print is a technique called print referencing. Print referencing, according to Zucker and Justice’s article, “refers to techniques educators use to increase emergent readers’ knowledge about and interest in print by highlighting the forms, functions, and features of print during read-alouds” (Zucker, 2009, p. 1). Techniques such as asking students how many words are on a page, where to begin reading, where the title of the book is, and the teacher pointing to the words as he/she reads are only a few of the many ways in which teachers can incorporate print referencing into their read-alouds. These techniques have proven to increase a child’s awareness of concepts of print and have been beneficial in a child’s literacy development.