ERIC Number: ED445454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
The Quest for Literacy: Curriculum and Instructional Procedures for Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. MRDD Prism Series.
Katims, David S.
This monograph presents a collection of methods, materials, and techniques for assessing and teaching students with mild to moderate mental retardation to become successfully literate. Part 1 offers a foundation for literacy instruction and considers whether students with mental retardation can learn to read and write, the existence of multiple ways to teach literacy, characteristics of a teacher with a progressive literacy perspective, and evidence of literacy achievement for students with mental retardation. Part 2 focuses on literacy assessment including reasons for assessment, the important stages of literacy development, and assessment techniques and devices. Part 3 is on teaching word identification and comprehension strategies to students with mental retardation and also discusses what teachers must know about the English language to teach reading. Part 4 addresses the teaching of writing strategies to this population with specific consideration of the nature of writing, how students with mental retardation progress in writing, and how teachers can help students improve their expressive writing. The final section offers analysis of an example of a successful classroom. (Contains 27 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Functional Literacy, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy Education, Mild Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Reading Diagnosis, Reading Instruction, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1589; Tel: 888-232-7733 (Toll Free); Tel: 703-264-9446 (TTY); Web site: http://www.cec.sped.org (Stock No. D5364, $7, CEC members $5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Div. on Mental Retardation.