November 2, 2016

Reading Assessment

Today the students completed a reading assessment.  I made up stories for them that, in trying to make sure that the assessments are in alignment with my curriculum and instruction.  Therefore I read the story aloud since they are used to hearing the reading before seeing the text – usually in the form of a class-created story that we then write up as a class text.  I did not provide extralinguistic support beyond my voice intonation a I read.  I then had students retell the story in English as I learned from Dr. Beniko Mason.

Here is the text I provided to my first-year French class.

Below is one student’s (randomly selected) response.  I believe this shows an Advanced level of reading ability.  This was completed with no dictionary or support, just the text.

From ACTFL:  At the Advanced Low sublevel, readers are able to understand conventional narrative and descriptive texts with a clear underlying structure though their comprehension may be uneven. These texts predominantly contain high-frequency vocabulary and structures. Readers understand the main ideas and some supporting details. Comprehension may often derive primarily from situational and subject-matter knowledge. Readers at this level will be challenged to comprehend more complex texts.


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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

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