What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests

(From Someone Who Has Written Them)

When he was a student struggling to concentrate on dreadfully boring passages of standardized reading tests, Charles Fuhrken remembers thinking to himself, "Who writes this stuff?" He had no idea that one day it would be him.

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When he was a student struggling to concentrate on dreadfully boring passages of standardized reading tests, Charles Fuhrken remembers thinking to himself, "Who writes this stuff?" He had no idea that one day it would be him.

Fuhrken has spent years working as a writer for several major testing companies, and he believes that what he's learned about testing could be very useful — even liberating — for teachers interested in teaching effective reading strategies as well as preparing stu...read more

About the Author(s)

Growing up in a small town in Texas, Charles knew early on that he wanted a career in education. When his parents bought him a monstrous chalkboard one year, he officially opened a school in his bedroom. His regular students were the three Linebarger girls who lived next door.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Section I: Building Understanding About Tests
Chapter 1: Common Beliefs About Test Making: Fact or Fiction?
Chapter 2: Common Beliefs About Test Taking: Fact or Fiction?
Section II: Exploring Strategies for Reading Tests
Chapter 3: Vocabulary Development
Chapter 4: Important Ideas
Chapter 5: Literary Elements
Chapter 6: Literary Techniques
Chapter 7: Interpretations
Chapter 8: Text Matters
Section III: Putting Strategies to Work
Section IV: Demonstrating Understanding with Reading Activities
Conclusion
Appendix
References
Index

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Product Details

Grade Range: K-5
Media: 272 pp/paper
Year: 2009
Item No: 0764Item No: 0882Item No: B764
ISBN: 978-157110-764-0ISBN: 978-157110-882-1ISBN: 978-15711B-764-0

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