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Assessing and Teaching Beginning Readers: A Picture is Worth 1000 Words
by David M. Matteson
     Deborah K Freeman
 2006 pb 160 pages
 Item # 551
 ISBN: 1-57274-862-1 


This book for pre-kindergarten and early primary teachers describes a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate approach to working with fiction and nonfiction texts through “playing at reading” and introduces a formative assessment tool designed to determine how beginning readers engage with books and print. As in the companion book, Assessing and Teaching Beginning Writers, the authors explore ways to develop students’ proficiency in oral language and attention to detail.

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Author Bios:
David Matteson
uses his 20 years of diverse teaching and leadership experiences to make the most of his work with students, teachers, and school districts. He has been an early childhood classroom teacher and Reading RecoveryŽ teacher and currently works with several districts, primarily focusing on assessing and teaching young children. David lives in Naperville, Illinois with his wife Angela and son Colin. His son Nicholas is currently attending Boston College.

Deborah Freeman  Over her longtime career as an educator,  Debbie Freeman taught a variety of grade levels and served as a literacy coach for prekindergarten teachers in her district.  She regularly makes presentations at state, regional, and national conferences and provided inservice and staff development training to other educators. Debbie is now retired from Arlington Independent School District in Texas.   She is the proud mother of two grown children, Angel and Danny. Being Grandma to Emily and Luke keeps Debbie and her husband, Ken, very busy.

More Books by the Authors
Assessing and Teaching
Beginning Writers: Every Picture Tells a Story

The Emergent Reading Assessment Package

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