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For every teacher who has sought practical, comprehensive methods for recording and analyzing students' literacy processes, Literacy Assessment: A Handbook of Instruments will be an invaluable resource. The instruments in this handbook include "performance assessments" as well as forms and procedures that teachers have used to conduct ongoing assessment and encourage student self-assessment. They include interviews and attitude surveys, running records, comprehension checklists, spelling analysis, and emergent reading and writing evaluations. Most of the instruments have been developed by teachers, or in conjunction with teachers, for use in particular educational situations.

Literacy Assessment: A Handbook of Instruments was compiled to make assessment instruments discussed in Windows into Literacy more readily available to readers. Teachers may photocopy the instruments "as is" for classroom use only.

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“This book is a rich resource for surveys, interviews, and assessments.”–Talking Points
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435087593
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 12/7/1992
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 181
  • Age range: 5 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn K. Rhodes is a professor of language, literacy, and culture and the associate dean of teacher education at the University of Colorado at Denver. Her books include Readers and Writers with a Difference (with Curt Dudley-Marling), Windows into Literacy: Assessing Learners K-8 (with Nancy Shanklin, 1993) and Literacy Assessment: A Handbook of Instruments (1993), all published by Heinemann.
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Table of Contents

Reading 1 . Interviews and Attitude Surveys: Reading Survey; Reading Interview; Content Reading Interview; Denver Reading Attitude Survey; Elementary Reading Attitude Survey; An Inventory of Classroom Reading Use

Comprehension Checklists: Checklist Items: Forms A, B, and C; Comprehension Assessment

Miscue Analysis: Classroom Reading Miscue Assessment; In-Process Reading Strategies

Self Assessments of Reading: Drop Everything and Read; Book Choice; Literature Discussion; Visualizing; Word Strategies; Comprehension Strategies; What I Do Well in Reading/What I'm Working on in Reading

Ongoing Observations of Reading: Drop Everything and Read; Book Choice; Literature Discussion; Reading Strategies


Interviews and Attitude Surveys: Writing Survey; Writing Interview; Denver Writing Attitude Survey; An Inventory of Classroom Writing Use

The Authoring Cycle Profile

Spelling Analysis: References for Spelling Analysis; Spelling Concepts and Attitudes; My Strategies for Spelling

Self Assessments of Writing; Writing Workshop; Challenging Myself as a Writer; Authors' Circle; Revising Writing; Strong Verbs; Spelling Strategies; Spelling Progress; What I Do Well in Writing/What I'm Working on in Writing; Researching and Report Writing; Six-Week Student Assessment

Ongoing Observations of Writing: Writing Workshop; Writing Conference; Authors' Circle; Spelling Strategies; Spelling Progress; Observations of Authoring Cycle; Six-Week Assessment

Emergent Reading and Writing

Emergent Reader and Writer Interview

Emergent Reading and Writing Evaluation

Emergent Reading and Writing Evaluation Sheet

Literacy at Home

The Student Interview

The Parent Interview

Parent Letter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    A Great Collection of Informal Assessments for Teachers!

    This book gives teachers much needed tools for assessment in the classroom. The assessments in this book are mostly informal assessments, including attitude assessments, surveys, student self assessments, observation forms and interviews for reading and writing skills. Many items in this book would make a nice addition to literacy portfolios to show student growth over a year.

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