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It guides teachers through the necessary steps to successfully implement the elements of a Balanced Literacy Program that will assist every child in becoming a life-long reader and writer. This practical handbook provides finger-tip information, readily available assessment tools, and detailed instructional strategies to meet the needs of every child in the area of readingespecially those children with special needs. Some of the significant topics covered in the text are: portfolio assessment, taking running records, concepts about print, phonemic awareness and phonics, comprehending narratives, comprehending expository texts, vocabulary instruction, literature response, connecting reading and writing, fluency development, teaching limited English proficient students, study skills, and school to career connections Elementary school teacher.
Table of Contents
1. Balanced Reading Programs: A Context for Assessment Instruction. 2. Portfolio Assessment in a Balanced Reading Program: Part 1 3. Portfolio Assessment in a Balanced Reading Program: Part II/Running Records and Retellings. 4. Cooperative and Collaborative Learning: Assessing the Learning Opportunities. 5. Concepts About Print: Children's Insights into Reading and Writing. 6. The Alphabetic Principle and Phonemic Awareness. 7. Teaching and Assessing Phonics in a Balanced Reading Program. 8. Teaching and Assessing Vocabulary Development. 9. Assessing and Enhancing Reading Comprehension. 10. Assessing and Developing a Sense of Story. 11. Teaching Expository Text: Structures. 12. Connecting Reading and Writing. 13. Developing Reading Fluency. 14. Reader Stance and Literature Response. 15. Developing Research and Reference Skills. 16. Assessing and Assisting Special Needs Readers: English as a Second Language. Name Index. Subject Index.