Alternative Assessment Techniques for Reading and Writing

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This practical resource helps elementary classroom, remedial reading, and LD teachers make the best possible informal assessment of a child's specific reading, writing, and spelling strengths and weaknesses and attitudes toward reading.

Written in easy-to-follow nontechnical language, it provides a multitude of tested informal assessment strategies and devices, such as "kid watching," retellings, journals, ...

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Overview

This practical resource helps elementary classroom, remedial reading, and LD teachers make the best possible informal assessment of a child's specific reading, writing, and spelling strengths and weaknesses and attitudes toward reading.

Written in easy-to-follow nontechnical language, it provides a multitude of tested informal assessment strategies and devices, such as "kid watching," retellings, journals, IRIs, writing surveys, portfolios, think alouds and more— including more than 200 reproducible assessment devices ready for immediate use!

For quick access and easy duplication, materials are printed in a big lay-flat binding that folds flat for photocopying and are organized into 11 chapters, including:
1. Using informal devices in assessing reading and writing ability
2. Using checklists and other devices to assess visual perception ability, emergent literacy skills, word identification skills and oral reading
3. Using checklists and other devices to assess vocabulary, comprehensive skills, basic study skills, and silent reading
4. Using miscue analysis in reading assessment
5. Variations of the individual reading inventory
6. Using informal inventories and other devices in the word identification techniques
7. Other ways to assess reading skills and attitudes
8. Using checklists to assess drawing, writing and spelling
9. Using holistic scoring and the informal inventory to assess writing
10. Other means of assessing writing and spelling ability
11. Using portfolio assessment in any literacy program

You'll find a detailed description of each informal assessment technique along with step-by-step procedures for its use and,wherever possible, one or more reproducible sample devices. Complete answer keys for each device are included with the directions.

Among the unique topics covered are the innovative individual reading inventory mentioned above... San Diego Quick Assessment List...El Paso Phonics Survey...&QAD; QAD Chart...Holistic Scoring of Writing...and reproducible devices for portfolio assessment.

In short, ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES FOR READING WRITING offers a wealth of tested, ready-to-use informal assessment information and devices that should save the teacher a great deal of time and energy in making a useful assessment of any student's literacy ability!

This practical resource helps elementary classroom, remedial reading, and LD teachers make the best possible informal assessment of a child's specific reading, writing, and spelling strengths and weaknesses and attitudes toward reading.

Written in easy-to-follow nontechnical language, it provides a multitude of tested informal assessment strategies and devices, such as "kid watching," retellings, journals, IRIs, writing surveys, portfolios, think alouds and more— including more than 200 reproducible assessment devices ready for immediate use!

You'll find a detailed description of each informal assessment techniques along with step-by-step procedures for its use and, wherever possible, one or more reproducible sample devices. Complete answer keys for each device are included with the directions.

Among the unique topics covered are the innovative Individual Reading Inventory, San Diego Quick Assessment List, El Paso Phonics Survey, QAD Chart, Holistic scoring of writing and Reproducible devices for portfolio assessment.

In short, Alternative Assessment Techniques for Reading and Writing offers a wealth of tested, ready-to-use informal assessment information and devices that should save the teacher a great deal of time and energy in making a useful assessment of any student's literacy ability!

Author Biography: Wilma H. Miller, Ed.D., is former Professor of Education at Illinois State University in Normal, where she taught undergraduate and graduate students in reading for 25 years. Prior to that she was an elementary school teacher in Illinois and Arizona.
Dr. Miller has written nearly 200 publisher journal articles dealing with various aspects of reading for The Reading Teacher, Elementary English, and Reading Horizons, to name a few. She has also authored 17 books in the field, including Reading Teacher's Complete Diagnosis and Correction Manual (1988), Reading Comprehension Activities Kit (1990), and Complete Reading Disabilities Handbook (1993), published by The Center.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876281413
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 9.13 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

The Practical Help This Book Offers
Ch. 1 Using Informal Devices in Assessing Reading and Writing Ability 1
Pt. 1 Assessing Competencies and Weaknesses in Reading 15
Ch. 2 Using Checklists and Other Informal Devices to Assess Competencies and Weaknesses in Visual Perception Ability, Emergent Literacy Skills, Word-Identification Skills, and Oral Reading 17
Ch. 3 Using Checklists and Other Informal Devices to Assess Competencies and Weaknesses in Vocabulary, Comprehension Skills, the Basic Study Skills, and Silent Reading 72
Ch. 4 Using Miscue Analysis in Assessing Competencies and Weaknesses in Reading 122
Ch. 5 Variations of the Individual Reading Inventory 141
Ch. 6 Using Informal Inventories and Other Informal Assessment Devices in the Word-Identification Techniques 226
Ch. 7 Additional Alternative Ways of Assessing Reading Skills and Attitudes 326
Pt. 2 Assessing Competencies and Weaknesses in Writing and Spelling 373
Ch. 8 Using Checklists to Assess Competencies and Weaknesses in Drawing, Writing, and Spelling 375
Ch. 9 Using Holistic Scoring and the Informal Writing Inventory to Assess Writing 389
Ch. 10 Other Alternative Means of Assessing Writing and Spelling Ability 424
Pt. 3 Portfolio Assessment 441
Ch. 11 Using Portfolio Assessment in Any Literacy Program 443
Pt. 4 Closing Thoughts 471
Ch. 12 Closing Thoughts 473
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