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Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Middle School Literacy Instruction

Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Middle School Literacy Instruction
Seven Practices to Maximize Learning

  • Leslie Laud - Bank Street College of Education, New York, USA
  • Pooja Patel - United Nations International School, NY

November 2012 | 232 pages | Corwin
This book provides a clear roadmap for using formative assessment to differentiate literacy instruction for students in middle school using strategies ideal for a Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Authors Leslie Laud and Pooja Patel present a comprehensive framework of research-based practices that show how to establish new classroom norms, implement formative assessment, create tiered lessons, and manage a multitasking classroom effectively. The authors also cite the latest research and describe the instructional procedures found most effective for teaching middle school literacy through a unique set of seven practices.The book's strategies are designed for use in conjunction with any curriculum or textbook. Included are a wealth of practical examples, reproducibles, and student activities—all developed with effective time management in mind.

Key features
  • Introduces a unique set of seven practices for effectively teaching middle school literacy
  1. Build supportive and self-directive class climate norms
  2. Clarify learning standards and targets, then convey them
  3. Pre-assess before each topic and continuously all along
  4. Involve students in using assessment data and feedback to inform their next steps
  5. Use assessment data to group students for tiered activities
  6. Use assessment data to challenge and support all learners
  7. Differentiate homework and graded assessments
  • Offers practical suggestions, real-world examples, reproducible activities, and extensive connections to NCTE and the common core standards
  • Presents an overview of tiered unit and lesson planning, along with several model tiered lesson plans, reproducibles and templates for lesson planning
  • Includes research-validated strategies and resources for supporting low achieving students and challenging high achieving students

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