- Series: J-B Ed: Ready-to-Use Activities (Book 75)
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 22, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787966371
- ISBN-13: 978-0787966379
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,464,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading Skills Competency Tests: Second Level (J-B Ed: Ready-to-Use Activities) 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
For classroom teachers and reading specialists in grades K-8, here is a unique daily diagnostic tool for the quick, informal assessment of children's competence in basic reading skills at specific grade levels in any classroom or school-wide reading program.
Included are 8 separately printed, spiral-bound volumes at 8 levels:
Reading Skills Competency Tests: READINESS LEVEL
Reading Skills Competency Tests: FIRST LEVEL
Reading Skills Competency Tests: SECOND LEVEL
Reading Skills Competency Tests: THIRD LEVEL
Reading Skills Competency Tests: FOURTH LEVEL
Reading Skills Competency Tests: FIFTH LEVEL
Reading Skills Competency Tests: SIXTH LEVEL
Reading Skills Competency Tests: ADVANCED LEVEL
Each level volume provides a complete sequential Basic Reading Skills Checklist of the skills to be mastered at that level for easy individual recordkeeping, plus 40 to 70 reproducible informal Competency Tests for measuring students' competence in all skills on the Checklist at that level. And every test is accompanied by easy-to-follow directions for use and complete answer keys.
Each level volume also includes a Group Summary Profile for recording class progress in mastering basic reading skills plus a bonus copy of the "Barbe Reading Skills Check List Sequential Skill Plan," which maps out the entire reading skills progression through all levels, Readiness to Advanced.
You'll find these ready-to-use tests help fill your need for:
...quick, informal assessment of children's competence in specific skills
...diagnosis of specific reading skill strengths and weaknesses
...planning of teacher strategies for individual students and groups
...continuous evaluation of each child's progress in basic reading skills
...immediate feedback to the student and the teacher
Simply select the test for the particular skill you wish to evaluate ... copy and distribute it to the student(s) ... and follow the step-by-step directions and answer keys for administering and scoring the test.
MASTERY REQUIREMENT: Check the "Mastery Requirement" for the test to determine whether the student has demonstrated competence in the skill or needs further reinforcement or special help to master it.
To keep a record of each child's progress, you can mark his or her individual Reading Skills Checklist to indicate which skills the child has mastered or needs instruction in. The Group Summary Profile can be used to obtain an overall picture of class progress, to form small groups of students with similar needs, and to identify students who require personalized help on a prerequisite skill.
In short, "COMPETENCY TESTS FOR BASIC READING SKILLS" gives the classroom reading teacher, the reading specialist, and the Title I teacher a quick, easy-to-use tool for pinpointing and monitoring the specific reading skill needs of each child on a day-to-day basis.
About the Author
Dr. Barbe is a nationally known authority in the fields of reading and learning disabilities. For 25 years he was editor-in-chief of the widely acclaimed magazine Highlights for Children and adjunct professor at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Allen is a former classroom teacher who has taught reading skills at both elementary and secondary levels and served in several administrative roles, including assistant superintendent of the Jackson, MS, Public Schools.
Mr. Thornton is experienced in classroom teaching and educational testing and is the former research assistant in the Jackson Public Schools.
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Top customer reviews
Using the tests, chart, and recordkeeping form included in this book, you can access your child's reading readiness and actual reading skills, as well as keep track of his or her progress. The chart is a chart showing all the different skills students should master. It is made of heavy-stock paper and pulls out of the book for easy reference.
The skills covered include (not a complete list):
' Reading readiness
' Sight words (includes Dolch list of 220 Basic Sight Words)
' Word meaning from context
' Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, Homographs
' Figurative and colorful expressions
' Multiple meanings of words
' Similes and metaphors
' Compound words
' Root words
' Prefixes, suffixes
' Vocabulary terms
Perceptual Skills, Word Analysis and Word Attack Skills:
' Auditory skills - how to pronounce words using phonics rules (letter sounds, consonants, blends, vowels, silent letters, etc)
' Visual Skills - likeness and differences, word boundaries, left-to-right eye movement
' Forming plurals
' Roman numerals
' Word endings
' Compound words
' Diacritical markings
' Syllabication rules
' Interest and Ability Skills - interest in and enjoyment of reading, attention spans, following oral directions, text progression
' Drawing conclusions and predicting outcomes
' Locating information (table of contents, page number, specific information)
' Classifying items, techniques of skimming, using maps and charts,
' Note taking, outlining, reference materials, interpreting graphs and charts
' Read proof marks
' Structure of story: Main idea, topic sentence, sequence of ideas
' Oral reading, silent reading
' Interpretation and application, analysis, synthesis, critical evaluation (value system of characters, author's background, point of view, etc.)
' Figurative language, dialect, colloquial speech
' Understands literary forms
Included in the book are tests for each skill to evaluate your student's progress. The tests are simple to use and answers are provided. Once you have given a test, you can track the results on the recordkeeping sheet. Using the results, you can then find resources to help you correct any deficiencies.
I wish I had had this book when my children were learning to read. By knowing exactly what my child knows and doesn't, I could have saved a lot of money on language arts curriculum. Although this book was created for schoolteachers, I highly recommend it for homeschooling parents. There are several levels of this resource, but for homeschooling parents, I think the Second Level will take care of most everything you need.