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The CAFE Book

Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment and Instruction

Gail Boushey & Joan Moser (The Sisters)

Watch a video podcast with The Sisters where they talk about how to use the CAFE system in conjunction with The Daily Five:

Part I

Part II

Learn how the CAFE system aligns with the Common Core State Standards for K6 classrooms:
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade


Product Details

  • Author: Gail Boushey & Joan Moser (The Sisters)
  • ISBN: 978-157110-728-2
  • Year:2009
  • Media: 216 pp/paper + CD-ROM
  • Grade Range: K-5
  • Item No: WEB-0728

In The CAFE Book, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser present a practical, simple way to integrate assessment into daily reading and classroom discussion. The CAFE system, based on research into the habits of proficient readers, is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary. The system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small-group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs.

Gail and Joan developed the CAFE system to support teachers as they:

  • organize assessment data so it truly informs instruction;
  • track each child's strengths and goals, thereby maximizing time with him or her;
  • create flexible groups of students, all focused on a specific reading strategy;
  • and help students remember and retrieve the reading strategies they learned.

The CAFE system does not require expensive materials, complicated training, or complete changes to current classroom literacy approaches. Rather, it provides a structure for conferring with students, a language for talking about reading development, and a system for tracking growth and fostering student independence. The CAFE system's built-in flexibility allows teachers to tailor the system to reflect the needs of their students and their state's standards. And it's a perfect complement to The Daily Five, "The Sisters" influential first book, which lays out a structure for keeping all students engaged in productive literacy work for every hour of every classroom day.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Introduction--The Beginning of the CAFE Menu Assessment System

Chapter 2. The CAFE Notebook and Record-Keeping Forms
Chapter 3. CAFE Step-by-Step: The First Days of School
Chapter 4. Conferring with Children: Principles and Examples
Chapter 5. Eavesdropping on Some Conferences
Chapter 6. Whole-Class Instruction
Chapter 7. Strategy Groups
Last Words

About the Authors

Gail Boushey
Gail and her sister Joan (Moser) grew up in a small town and farming community with four other siblings. >more

Joan Moser
Joan and her sister, Gail (Boushey) grew up in a small town and farming community with four other siblings. >more



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