DCDEVELOPMENTAL CONTINUUMS:
A Framework for Literacy Instruction and Assessment K–8

Bonnie Campbell Hill, Educational Consultant

The second book in Bonnie Hill’s Corner Pieces of Assessment Series, this guide builds on the first book, Classroom Based Assessment (see page 4 of this Booklist for details) by linking assessment to developmental benchmarks in the continuums. These continuums can be aligned with national, state, and district standards and are based on current thinking about literacy acquisition, while reflecting a child-centered, constructivist, developmental philosophy of teaching and learning . . . yet they are practical and easy to use!

2001, 2010 Paperbound

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Table of Contents
  1. Reading and Writing Continuums
    Finding the Corner Pieces · Connecting the Pieces · Defining Continuums · Describing the Continuums · Continuum Ages and Grade Levels · Rationale for Continuums · Developing the Continuums · Marking the Continuums · Organizing Continuum and Assessment Information · Continuum Versions ·
    Continuum Support Materials: Chapters 2-12 · Staff Development
  2. Narrative Portraits and Case Studies
    Narrative Portraits · Case Studies · Charts · Reconventional (Ages 3-5) · Emerging (Ages 4-6) · Developing (Ages 6-8) · Expanding (Ages 7-9) · Bridging (Ages 8-10) · Fluent (Ages 9-11) · Proficient (Ages 10-13) · Connecting (Ages 11-17) · Independent · Staff Development
  3. Glossary
    Staff Development · Glossary of Continuum Terms
  4. Books by Continuum Stages
    Book Format · Factors in Leveling Books · Balancing the Lists · Warnings! Continuum Stages · Guided Reading and Other Connections · Staff Development. Key Benchmark Books · Books for Readers at the Different Levels
  5. Assessment Tools
    Charts of Assessment Tools · Analyzing Assessment Tools · Organizational Grid (Creating a Plan) · Creating a Teacher Notebook · Assessment Tools for Reading and Writing for the Ten Stages From Preconventional Through Independent · Staff Development
  6. Anecdotal Notes and Checklists
    Anecdotal Notes · Focus Questions for Anecdotal Notes.Checklists · Staff Development · Forms
  7. Linking Instruction, Assessment, and Student Self-Evaluation
    Connecting to Instruction · Connecting to Student Self-Evaluation · Connecting to the Continuums · Connecting · Instruction to Assessment and Evaluation · Staff Development · Forms
  8. Family Support
    Encourage and Celebrate Literacy at Home · Get to Know Students and Families
    Inform and Educate Families · Value Family Support · Providing Specific Suggestions · Sharing Family Support Documents with Families · Sharing the Continuums with Families · Staff Development. Forms
  9. English as an Additional Language (EAL) Continuum
    Developing the EAL Continuum · Case Studies · Factors that Influence Language Acquisition · EAL Continuum · Student Self-Evaluation Continuum · Narrative portraits an glossary, · AssessmentTools · Sharing the EAL Continuum with families · Staff Development · Forms,
  10. Middle School Challenges
    Challenges · Benefits · Self-Evaluation · Assessing Reading · Assessing Writing · Comparing and Communicating Results · Marking the Continuums · Allocating Time · Parent Communication · Student-Led Conferences · Benefits of Continuums in Middle Schools · Staff Development · Forms
  11. Data Collection and Staff Development
    Developmental Range · Collecting Data Within Your Classroom · Sharing Data with Families · Sharing Data Within a School · Celebrating Growth Over Time · Sharing Data Within a District · Staff Development
  12. Conclusion
    Guiding Instruction and Assessing Students · Involving Srudents in Self-Evaluation · Communicating with Families · Putting the Pieces Together · Missing Pieces References · Index · About the Author