Windows into Literacy : Assessing Learners K-8 / Edition 1

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Windows into Literacy grew out of authors Lynn Rhodes and Nancy Shanklin's experience with Chapter I teachers and students in Denver public schools.

Working under the assumption that students' apparent literacy difficulties may not be inherent, the authors focus first on assessing students' past and present literacy environments and instruction. The majority of the book, however, centers on the assessment of various aspects of students' reading and writing:

  • students' metacognition
  • attitudes and interests about reading and writing
  • how language systems and strategies are used in the reading and writing processes
  • students' comprehension and composition
  • the development of emergent reading and writing abilities.
The chapters on assessment procedures and techniques culminate in a chapter on literacy collections including portfolios, viewed as ways to organize assessment data to present a broad-based, substantive, and coherent picture of a student's reading and writing.

While suggesting concrete ways to design alternative literacy assessments, the authors illustrate many points by using engaging stories and examples of teachers and children at work.

Windows into Literacy places the details of literacy assessment into a larger context that will encourage readers to consider the place of literacy assessment in instruction and in students' lives. Consideration is also given to how assessment can encourage change in literacy instruction as teachers work with others to reform schools and school districts.

The handbook that accompanies this book, Literacy Assessment: A Handbook of Instruments, includes the various assessment instruments discussed in the book.

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“This book is a comprehensive look at literacy assessment...It is an outstanding resource.”–Teachers Networking
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435087579
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 6/7/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 491
  • Age range: 5 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.05 (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.

Nancy L. Shanklin is an associate professor in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Colorado at Denver. Nancy is formerly a secondary English teacher who continues to work closely with teachers and children in schools. She teaches graduate courses at the university and conducts research on literacy instruction and assessment.

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Table of Contents

Reflecting on Literacy Assessment: Purposes, Principles, and Management

Assessing Literacy Environments and Instruction

Assessing Metacongnitive Aspects of Reading

Assessing Language Systems and Strategies in Reading

Assessing Reading Comprehension

Assessing Language Systems and Strategies in Writing

Assessing Emergent Reading and Writing

Assessing Through Literacy Collections

Understanding and Challenging Traditional Forms of Literacy Assessment

Fostering Change in Literacy Assessment and Instruction

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