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ERIC Number: ED494994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 192
Abstractor: Author
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5576-6762-5
Let's Read Together: Improving Literacy Outcomes with the Adult-Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI)
DeBruin-Parecki, Andrea
Brookes Publishing Company
Everyone knows how important it is to read to young children--but it is the "quality" of shared reading that really affects emergent literacy. How well are adults engaging and teaching children as they read together? How well are children listening and responding? The first and only tool to measure the quality of adult and child interactions during joint book reading, ACIRI helps parents promote the development of emergent literacy skills, helps early childhood educators improve and individualize teaching of these skills, and helps family literacy programs provide evaluation data that demonstrates practices are effective. Grounded in scientifically based reading research and extensively field tested, ACIRI: (1) Measures what is important: ACIRI assesses both adult and child behaviors in three categories that research has identified as critical: Enhancing Attention to Text, Promoting Interactive Reading and Supporting Comprehension, and Using Literacy Strategies; (2) Takes just 15-20 minutes for users to observe the adult and child reading together, assess them jointly using 12 key reading behaviors (see sidebar for examples), and score the assessment with the simple, easy-to-use form; (3) Includes intervention activities. ACIRI is much more than an assessment. For each behavior evaluated, users will get tips on explaining the behavior to adults, plus two fun, photocopiable activities to help promote the behavior: a class activity and a take-home activity. Lists of recommended children's books to use with the activities are also included. This manual includes everything programs need to use ACIRI effectively -- the complete photocopiable tool in English and Spanish, the intervention activities, detailed information on the behaviors assessed, technical data, and extended case stories on interactive reading programs. With this assessment and intervention tool, literacy programs will prove effectiveness and adults will improve children's critical early experiences with books. Following contents of the CD-ROM, about the Author, about the contributors, foreword, by Patricia A. Edwards and acknowledgments, this book is divided into three sections and three categories. Section: (1) Assessment of Interactive Reading; (2) Adult-Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI); and (3) Linked Activities to Foster Family Literacy; Category: (1) Enhancing Attention to Text; Category (2) Promoting Interactive Reading and Supporting Comprehension; and Category (3) Using Literacy Strategies. This book also contains: Afterword and References. Appended are: (1) Statistical Support for the ACIRI; (2) Family Literacy Programs Case Study with Amy Oak; and (3) Helpful Books and Web Sites.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A