Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Study: Literacy Teacher's Playbook Analyzing Data

Whew!!! This chapter was a long one!  Here is what I came away with:
  • Before reading this chapter I must admit that book logs really didn't hold value for me. However Serravallo walks you through how to analyze your book logs to get insight on your students.   
  • She also gives great questions to ask yourself as you analyze both the book logs and reading interest inventory.  Example:  "Is the student able to name a genre, author, or type of book that is a good fit?"  
  • It's important to know how deep a student's work is within a particular comprehension skill.  (I listed the skills in last week's post.)  Strategy you could use: Ask students to respond to a prompt you prepare for a read aloud on a post it. Sort the answers accordingly:  Basic in one pile, on target in another and more sophisticated in a third pile. This strategy would be easy to implement and allows you to see immediately who needs to go deeper.  
  • When analyzing whole book comprehension you want to look for a student's understanding of main idea, key details, vocabulary, and text features.  Serravallo gives several examples of questions to ask for each and what the ideal answer.
  • Fluency cannot be overlooked.  It is directly linked to comprehension. Example Question:  Does the student read with automaticity?
  • Don't be afraid to infer when analyzing miscues.  Be careful not to look for deficits, but for a strength. Example Question:  When a student self corrects what cueing system is he using?
  • Analyzing Conversation:  I had an epiphany in this section....use those iPads, iPhone, etc to record student conversation so you can go back and analyze.  I will be encouraging my teachers to start doing this.  LOVE it!!
  • Analyzing Narrative writing....FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS!!!  Is the student staying focused in his or her writing.  Our little ones have a tendency to veer off course when writing sometimes or at least mine did. :0)
  • Studying Writing Engagement:  A 1st grader should be able to write 2-3 short stories in a week.  Wow!  Let's start them writing as soon as possible!  It is so important.
  • Informational Writing:  Is there structure?  An introduction, elaboration with facts and closure
  • Opinion Writing:  When you have your firsties write an opinion piece they should begin with  stating their opinion,  then give a reason for that opinion and finally a end with a closing sentence.  I included a freebie template below that might help with this piece of writing.

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