ERIC Number: ED448427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Reads! Implementing the Colorado Basic Literacy Act: Thoughtful and Practical Responses.
Benson, Laura, Ed.
Sharing the wisdom of educators throughout Colorado in implementing the Colorado Basic Literacy Act, this book is intended to be a practical complement to teachers' repertoire. It offers ideas for immediate implementation, along with citations of current research and references, and represents the best ways to respond to the needs of struggling students, ILP (Individual Literacy Plan) students, emergent students, proficient students, and advanced students. After a foreword and a summary of the Colorado Basic Literacy Act, the first section of the book, Knowing Students and Individuals, discusses building a body of evidence, literacy continuum, running records, determining patterns of strengths and needs, when children do not progress in reading, a few "best ways" to prepare for the CSAP (Colorado Student Assessment Program), assessing special education students, and mapping literacy learning. The second section, Responding to Children's Needs--Teaching and Learning Strategies, addresses fostering the disposition to understand, the geography of strategy instruction, connecting reading and writing learning, cultivating independence in growing readers, using background knowledge, asking questions, determining importance, synthesizing, visualizing and sensing, phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, word learning strategies, guided reading, strategies for teaching text structures, kindergarten readers and writers, support for special education students and teachers, library resources, challenges in building and using bodies of evidence, and blessings, promises, and purposes for building and using bodies of evidence. An appendix provides forms for body of evidence data analysis and synthesis, individual reading assessment analysis tools, advice on whether to take an oral reading sample, and talking about student work. (Contains 84 references and a 42-item list of helpful Web sites.) (RS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Learning Strategies, Oral Reading, Questioning Techniques, Reading Achievement, Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction, Reading Writing Relationship, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Needs, Text Structure, Vocabulary Development
Colorado Department of Education, 201 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203-1704. Tel: 303-866-6600; Web site: http://www.cde.state.co.us.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Coalition for Goals 2000, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.