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Collin’s Story: Making an Assessment and Setting Goals

In my previous post, I shared with you a video of Collin reading a level B book, Bella’s Busy Day. I am going to be doing some reading and writing with Collin a couple times a week. To help me think about how to help Collin make fast progress I used Marie Clay’s Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement.

You can see part of the assessment here – I asked Collin to write all the words he knew how to write.

Collin's Story - Pioneer Valley Books

He has a core of words he can write, but he is not using them to help his reading. Using all the data from the assessment, I have developed some beginning goals for Collin:

1.  Help Collin build a strong core of sight words he can write and read.

2.  Build Collin’s understanding of how to use the pictures and the meaning of the story to search for       information at difficulty.

3.  Teach Collin to use sound boxes to hear sounds in words.

I believe Collin will make quick progress and my preliminary goals will need to expand quickly! Stay tuned . . .

Michèle Dufresne is author of many Pioneer Valley Books  early readers (including the Bella and Rosie series), Word Solvers (Heinemann), and an early literacy and literacy intervention consultant.

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