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Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Thomas G. Gunning

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 7, 2013

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A comprehensive, practical approach that details—and illustrates through a wealth of examples—how to assess students and how to use assessment results to screen students, monitor progress, and provide effective instruction.


Grounded in theory and research, yet practical in nature, this book provides 46 easy-to-follow, step-by-step sample lessons covering virtually every major skill or strategy for successfully assessing and instructing struggling readers of all ages. The emphasis is on teaching students strategies they can use independently for developing skills in word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, reading in the content areas, writing, spelling, and studying.


Updated to include extensive coverage of Response to Intervention and the impact of the Common Core State Standards, the book covers areas of assessment including basic concepts of tests and measurements; standardized measures, including curriculum-based instruments; and informal but highly regarded assessment methods such as the informal reading inventory, miscue analysis, running records, observation, think-alouds, checklists, conferences, rubrics, performance assessment holistic scoring of writing and portfolio assessment, and student self-assessment. This edition continues to provide extensive coverage of screening, progress monitoring, interim assessments, diagnosis, and outcome measures. Numerous suggestions for practice and reinforcement are presented, including the use of technology.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Literacy Difficulties
  2. Factors Involved in Reading and Writing Difficulties
  3. Overview of Assessment
  4. Placing Students and Monitoring Progress
  5. Assessment of Reading and Writing Processes
  6. Assessment of Cognitive, School, and Home Factors
  7. Emergent Literacy and Prevention Programs
  8. Teaching Phonics, High-Frequency Words, and Fluency
  9. Syllabic, Morphemic, and Contextual Analysis and Dictionary Strategies
  10. Building Vocabulary
  11. Building Comprehension
  12. Reading to Learn and Remember in the Content Areas
  13. Building Writing Strategies
  14. Tier II and III Programs
  15. Organization of Intervention and Corrective Programs
  16. Appendix A: Informal Assessment Measures

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$79.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-284884-8