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Jennifer KeithGuiding the development of reading skills in children in the lower elementary grades is certainly one of the most challenging tasks facing the lower-elementary teacher. The responsibility of documenting the child's reading processes, and assessing his progress, is no less daunting. The author of Running Records: A Self-Tutoring Guide expresses the belief that the taking of a running record of a child's oral reading is the single most useful technique for documenting early reading processes.
This book, with its accompanying cassette tape, is intended as a method for the informed (i.e. trained professional) teacher to instruct him or herself not only in the shorthand recording of a child's reading errors, but in the analysis of the child's acquisition of reading skills. The book is divided into two parts. In the first, negative perceptions of oral reading are immediately addressed, as well as the idea that listening to a child read is simply not enough; a graphic record of the child's reading is essential. >From there, the author explains how to record oral reading, such as words read correctly, omissions, insertions, self-corrections, etc. The tape, which consists of numbered sample readings by several different children, is referred to after each type of error discussed in the book. The text read by the child on the tape is provided, followed by a depiction of what the completed running record should have looked like. The second part of the book devotes itself to the analysis and interpretation of the reading record. Commentary is given on each child's miscues, including what the teacher may be able to interpret from the types of miscues a child makes. Appendix A and B provide both a generic running record form and a further sample of children's readings (accompanying the tape) for practice.
While the step-by-step progress of the instruction may seem tedious to some, this book in fact provides a very thorough walk through the process of taking and analyzing a running record. The discussions as to why a child may be making a particular type of miscue are very valuable. The tape is easy to hear, and the children are quite engaging as they read. Especially delightful are some of the side comments made by children as they react to what they read; even these are analyzed as to the quality of the child's engagement with the text. This book and tape would be very useful to the novice teacher, but even the seasoned professional will glean some valuable insights as to what is happening in the mind of the young child as he reads.