8. Assessing concepts of print – Katie

Assess Katie’s emerging concepts of print as she answers questions about a familiar book.

Before you watch the video

  • Read Chapter 7 ‘Reading development’ of Developing early literacy: Assessment and teaching, 2nd edn, pages 161–195, in particular ‘Concepts of print’, pages 164–165.
  • Print out the assessment sheet Emerging concepts of print.
    (This assessment sheet is Figure 7.2, page 165.)

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Watch the video



  • As you watch the video, use the Emerging concepts of print sheet to practise assessing children’s concepts of print. Each item scores one point if correct, making a maximum score of 27 points. You can practise many times and discuss your findings.
Videos acknowledgements
Thank you to the children who agreed to help us learn about early reading development and to Helen Bettes, Reading Recovery Tutor.

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