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Assessing and Teaching
Beginning Writers: Every Picture Tells a Story

by David M. Matteson and Deborah K. Freeman

2005  pb 128 pages
Item #543
ISBN: 1-57274-741-2

Foreword by Lesley Mandel Morrow

Based on strong understandings of developmentally appropriate practices,  the authors have created and explained a continuum designed to assess what very  young children know about oral language, drawing, and writing. This new, well-researched and easy-to-use assessment tool helps teachers determine powerful next  literacy steps and instruction for their young students. Many writing, drawing, and construction examples, and vignettes of conversations between teachers and children show what best practices look and sound like in instructional settings for 3-6 year old learners. Selected visuals and data-gathering forms will help educators in early literacy settings get the most out of developmentally appropriate instruction.
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"Assessing and Teaching Beginning Writers: is packed with research and appropriate practice. It provides vignettes of real stories about student assessment and instruction. It deals with early literacy development in an interesting, caring, and innovative manner through the  lens of assessment. It is a must read for all involved with teaching young children"
Lesley Mandel Morrow, Ph.D.
                             Rutgers University

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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 Recovery® teacher and currently works with several districts, primarily focusing on assessing and teaching young children. He is also a coordinator of teacher and school development through The Learning Network®. 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.

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