The CAFE Book

Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment & Instruction

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.  New Edition Coming Fall 2019.

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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.  New Edition Coming Fall 2019.

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.

The CAFE Book is a perfect complement to The Daily Five, Gail and Joan's influential first book (now in its second edition), which lays out a structure for keeping all students engaged in productive literacy work for every hour of every classroom day.

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About the Author(s)

Gail Boushey’s work as a literacy coach and author is based on her classroom experiences, which range from preschool through grade six and special education.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Child Studies and Special Education and has a master's degree in Special Education.

Joan Moser’s passion for meeting each child’s individual needs by discovering where they are and guiding them forward has been practiced and refined in a variety of classroom settings. She has taught kindergarten through sixth grade, special education, and is a certified Reading Resource Specialist.

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
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

Resources

Product Details

Grade Range: K-5
Media: 216 pp/paper + CD-ROM
Year: 2008
Item No: 0728
ISBN: 978-1-57110-728-2

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