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Tools for Matching Readers to Texts: Research-Based Practices (Solving Problems in Teaching of Literacy)

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Synopsis:

Selecting reading materials at the appropriate level for each student is an essential component of promoting literacy, and a number of tools for determining text difficulty are now available. This unique, much-needed reference helps teachers choose from a wide array of approaches and implement them effectively. Provided is a thorough, integrative review of recently developed applications such as Lexiles, as well as traditional readability formulas and systems for beginning readers. Detailed vignettes clearly illustrate how teachers have used these tools in real classrooms and provide tips and pointers for success. Rich with charts, tables, and resources, this practical guide includes an appendix on two electronic book matching programs, Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts.

About the Author

Heidi Anne E. Mesmer, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she conducts research and teaches literacy courses to graduate students. She is a former elementary school teacher and has taught in both urban and rural settings. Since 1999 she has studied beginning reading materials and text difficulty. Dr. Mesmer has worked extensively with schools and teachers in funded projects. She was a Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education postdoctoral fellow and a recipient of an Institute of Education Sciences/American Educational Research Association grant.

Table of Contents

1.Using Text Analysis Tools to Match Readers to Texts

I. Text Analysis Tools: A Reference

2. Traditional Readability Formulas

3. Second-Generation Readability Formulas: Lexiles and Degrees of Reading Power

4. Textual Scaffolds for Beginning Readers: Qualitative Leveling, Decodability, and Vocabulary Control

II. Choosing and Using Text Analysis Tools

5. Choosing Text Analysis Tools: Successful Schools

6. Using Text Analysis Tools: Successful Primary Teachers

7. Using Text Analysis Tools: Successful Intermediate Teachers

Appendix. Applications of Readability Formulas: Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts

Product Details

ISBN:
9781593855987
Author:
Mesmer, Heidi Anne E.
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Author:
Edelblute Mesmer, Heidi Anne
Author:
Mesmer, Heidi Anne Edelblute
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Reading (elementary)
Subject:
Language Experience Approach
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Reading
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Reading Skills
Subject:
Children -- Books and reading -- United States.
Subject:
Reading (Elementary) -- United States.
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Reading & Phonics
Subject:
Education-Teaching Reading and Writing
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 6
Language:
English
Pages:
180
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
05-11

Related Subjects

Education » General
Education » Teaching » Reading
Education » Teaching » Reading and Writing
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General

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Selecting reading materials at the appropriate level for each student is an essential component of promoting literacy, and a number of tools for determining text difficulty are now available. This unique, much-needed reference helps teachers choose from a wide array of approaches and implement them effectively. Provided is a thorough, integrative review of recently developed applications such as Lexiles, as well as traditional readability formulas and systems for beginning readers. Detailed vignettes clearly illustrate how teachers have used these tools in real classrooms and provide tips and pointers for success. Rich with charts, tables, and resources, this practical guide includes an appendix on two electronic book matching programs, Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts.

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