Oxford Literacy Guided Reading - Levels 3-5

Emergent Stage

Students reading Oxford Literacy texts from Levels 1-2 are described as reading at the "Emergent" stage of the Oxford Literacy reading program. Typically readers at this level are required to:

  • Attend to endings of words that carry morphemic knowledge, such as 'ed' for past tense and 's' for plural
  • Use knowledge of some initial digraphs and blends to predict words
  • Begin to look through the word and use decoding strategies
  • Use the front cover and title of text to predict what they are about to read and what makes sense
  • Use illustrations, written text, structure, sentence patterns, context and memory to assist with prediction
  • Locate and recognise familiar and new words
  • Use finger pointing for written-word-to-spoken-word match and track return sweep with finger
  • Self-correct when meaning is lost
  • Persist with the text and build on knowledge from previous pages
  • Use phrasing as an aid to fluency

Emergent Stage Information


Student Texts

The Oxford Literacy student text versions include:

  • a range of fiction and non-fiction titles
  • non-fiction titles written for Australian Curriculum: English, History, Science and Mathematics, making reading even more meaningful and relevant (levels 1-23)
  • a range of fonts and visual devices, all with appropriate support
  • a language focus that corresponds to both the Oxford Wordlist and the Oxford Wordlist Plus
  • recurring Oxford Literacy characters