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Instructional Assessment of ELLs in the K-8 Classroom

Instructional Assessment of ELLs in the K-8 Classroom

By: Diane K. Brantley (author)Paperback

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This classroom-ready resource provides teachers in grades K-8 with specific assessments that can be administered to English language learners within the regular classroom. Long overdue and with a focus on the needs of English language learners (ELLs) within the classroom, Instructional Assessment of English Language Learners is a unique book designed to teach readers the basic concepts of assessing English. Today's education courses place an increasing emphasis on the regular classroom teacher to instruct and assess English language learners. Yet, classroom teachers have few resources available to them in regard to assessing ELLs within their classrooms. This book helps readers master the assessments to be administered to English learners and cover a range of literacy skills deemed necessary for English language acquisition and reproduction, while also assessing the student's literacy skills in their primary language.The overarching goal of this book is to enable teachers to acquire a deep understanding of the value of instructional assessment for ELLs and the importance of evaluating the results to provide the students with immediate, appropriate and meaningful instruction. The book addresses the specific areas of language arts related to the development, acquisition, and reproduction of the English language: oral language development and vocabulary; concepts of print and the alphabetic strategies; word recognition and word identification strategies; reading fluency; reading comprehension; written language development and spelling; content area literacy; procedural knowledge; and problem-solving strategies. The strategies presented in this text are research-based and are known to increase reading comprehension for ELLs.


PrefaceAcknowledgements Chapter 1 English Language Learners in Today's Classrooms Who are Today's English Language Learners? Understanding Culture and Home Literacy Creating a Welcoming Classroom Culture Developing an Intercultural Orientation Teachers as Cultural Mediators Foundations of Assessing English Language Learners Chapter 2 Understanding the Principles of Second Language Acquisition Theories of Primary Language AcquisitionTheories of Secondary Language Acquisition (SLA) English Language Development Assessments (ELD) Terminology Used to Classify Levels of Language Acquisition Programs Developed to Enhance English Language Acquisition in SchoolsChapter 3 Instructional and Theoretical Foundations of Assessment The Culture of Testing in America's Schools Differentiating Between Assessment, Evaluation and Testing Formal Assessments Alternative/Informal Assessments Assessment Domains The Role of Standards in Instructional Assessment Culture-Fair Instructional Assessment PracticesChapter 4 Oral Language/Vocabulary Assessment and Development Functions of Language Vocabulary Development Stages of Language Development Instructional Assessment of Listening Vocabulary Instructional Assessment of Oral Language Development Evaluating Assessment Results Strategies Promoting English Language Development within the Regular Classroom Assessment Tool KitChapter 5 Reading Acquisition in the Primary and Secondary Language Theories of Reading Acquisition Processes Involved in Reading Fluently Aspects of the Reading Process Second Language Reading Acquisition: Reading in English Characteristics of Good Readers Transference of Primary Language Reading Strategies to a Second LanguageChapter 6 Assessment and Development of Concepts of Print, Phonemic Awareness and the Alphabetic PrincipleDefining the Concepts of Print, Phonemic Awareness and the English Language Alphabetic Principle Instructional Assessment of the Concepts of Print Instructional Assessment of Phonemic AwarenessInstructional Assessment of the Alphabetic PrincipleStrategies for Developing Concepts of Print, Phonemic Awareness and the Alphabetic Principle within the Regular ClassroomAssessment Tool KitsChapter 7 Assessment and Development of Word Identification, Comprehension and Reading FluencyAn Expanded Definition of Reading FluencyRunning Records, Retellings and Informal Reading Inventories (IRI's)Evaluation of Instructional Assessments for Fluency, Comprehension and Word IdentificationStrategies for Expanding Sight Word Vocabulary and Word IdentificationAssessment Tool Kit Chapter 8 Assessment and Development of Written Language/SpellingSpelling and Orthographic KnowledgeStages of Spelling DevelopmentDevelopmental Assessment of SpellingInstructional Assessment of Written LanguageStrategies to Build Written Language DevelopmentAssessment Tool Kit Chapter 9 Assessment in the Content AreasContent Area Instruction and AssessmentInstructional Assessment in the Social StudiesInstructional Assessment in MathematicsInstructional Assessment in ScienceInstructional Assessment of Procedural KnowledgeAssessment Tool KitChapter 10 Putting the Pieces TogetherDeveloping a Picture of the Whole StudentIdentification of a Student's Strengths and NeedsCreation of Learning GoalsLiteracy Portfolios Communication with ParentsContinued Support for English Language Learners Chapter 11 Applying Instructional Assessment: A Case StudyA Case Study: Abraham MoralesEvaluating Assessment Results and Background InformationCompleting the Strengths & Needs Analysis ChartCreation of Learning GoalsMatching Instruction to AssessmentRevisiting the Chapter Anticipation GuideAppendices Running Record FormNarrative Story Retelling AssessmentWriting Self-Assessment FormWriting Peer Evaluation FormEditor's Checklist for Expository TextsReferences

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  • ISBN13: 9780205455997
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780205455997
  • weight: 345
  • ISBN10: 0205455999

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