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Assessing Writers / Edition 1

Assessing Writers / Edition 1

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When it comes to writing assessment, there's no better judge of what your students know and are able to do than you. And when it comes to advice on best practices for assessment, there's no better source than Carl Anderson's Assessing Writers. Like he did in the popular and highly acclaimed How's It Going?, Anderson offers smart, ready-to-use ideas for assessment. Assessing Writers offers practical methods for gathering information about every writer in your classroom and shows you how to create writing lessons that address the needs of individual students as well as the whole class.

Anderson's straightforward approach helps you imagine an ongoing assessment program that takes you from meeting new students to designing curriculum. In Assessing Writers you'll find out:

  • what you need to know about students to assess them as writers
  • how to uncover and make sense of this information
  • how to make an individualized plan for each student
  • how to use these plans when you confer
  • how to structure units of study to meet classroom-wide needs.
Let Carl Anderson be your guide as you place assessment at the center of writing instruction. With a wealth of smart suggestions, useful charts, reproducible rubrics, and activities for professional reflection, Assessing Writers gives you powerful tools that make assessment simple and effective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325005812
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 06/21/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,069,702
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 8 - 13 Years

About the Author

Carl Anderson is an internationally recognized expert in writing instruction for Grades K-8, working as a consultant in schools and districts around the world. A long-time Staff Developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Carl is the author of numerous books on teaching writing, including the bestselling How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers. His latest book, A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences, is part of the Classroom Essentials series. Full of classroom video, the book helps teachers understand the underlying principles and reasons for conferring with students, and how to make writing conferences a part of teachers' daily routines.

Table of Contents


Introduction Why Assess? Getting Started: Developing an Assessment Lens Assessing Students as Initiators of Writing Assessing How Well Students Write Assessing Students' Writing Processes Linking Assessment and Instruction: Designing Individual Learning Plans for Students Linking Assessment and Instruction: Conferring Linking Assessment and Instruction: Designing Units of Study




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