ERIC Number: ED460343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Pennsylvania Assessment System Reading Instructional Handbook. Revised.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Encouraging teachers to utilize procedures and techniques that help their students become active, willing lifelong readers, this handbook has been compiled to serve as a guide for integrating the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment's (PSSA) definition of reading as a dynamic, interactive process into classroom practice. The handbook complements and extends decoding instruction through focusing on comprehension processes and the teaching activities which foster understanding. The information included is meant to be useful to all teachers of reading at all grade levels regardless of the ability of the students being instructed. Both general procedures and specific techniques are described, and illustrative examples are provided. The handbook is divided into four sections. Each section directly addresses helping students develop their abilities to interact with text. In the first section, the "Essential Elements of Reading" are described. Next, "General Guidelines for Reading Instruction" provides teachers with organizational suggestions. Third, "Features of Text," focuses on the important aspects of printed materials which influence how readers comprehend and what teachers need to emphasize during instruction. Finally, the "Effective Reading strategies" section presents information on developing the strategic behaviors used by proficient readers as they construct meaning. (Contains 3 tables, 23 figures of data, and a 79-item bibliography.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania