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 1.  Print awareness
 2.  The sounds of speech
 3.  Phonemic awareness
 4.  Phonics
 5.  Informal classroom-based assessment
 6.  Fluency
 7.  Vocabulary
 8.  Spelling
 9.  Writing
 10.  Text comprehension

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Module 5  –  Informal classroom-based assessment

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1. Which component(s) listed below, can teachers assess informally?
a. comprehension
b. fluency
c. phonemic awareness
d. all of the above

2. Informal assessment tools provide information that teachers can use _____________:
a. to plan ongoing instruction
b. to identify struggling readers
c. to determine instructional groups
d. all of the above

3. An Oral Reading Accuracy Assessment measures:
a. phonemic awareness
b. reading speed
c. vocabulary knowledge
d. none of the above

4. Which of the following is an example of a common informal reading assessment?
a. phonemic awareness assessment
b. qualitative reading inventory
c. running record
d. all of the above

5. Who should be given informal assessments?
a. students who are struggling readers
b. students who are good readers
c. students who are average readers
d. all of the above

6. Informal assessment tools____________:
a. can be used by teachers to help plan instruction
b. should only be given by a professional diagnostician
c. should count as a portion of a students' grade in reading
d. none of the above

7. Which of the following is not an example of a phoneme awareness task?
a. phoneme deletion
b. phoneme concentration
c. phoneme segmentation
d. phoneme isolation

8. A teacher is sitting with a student, with a book in front of them. The teacher asks a question to assess the student's understanding of concepts of print. Which question listed below assesses concepts of print?
a. "Can you show me the front of the book?"
b. "Can you show me a word?"
c. "Can you show me where I should begin reading?"
d. all of the above

9. Phoneme deletion tasks assess a child's ability to:
a. insert a sound into a word
b. remove a sound from a word
c. repeat a sound in a word
d. none of the above

10. Informal assessment provides information that allows teachers to:
a. administer a reading grade on students' report cards
b. deliver instruction at the right level of difficulty
c. identify those students who will never learn to read
d. all of the above

First Year Teacher was a pilot project of Reading Rockets, which is service of WETA, Washington D.C.'s flagship public television station. Funding for First Year Teacher was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and The Overbrook Foundation.

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