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MargaretBolingMullin

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The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction

The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction - Gail Boushey, Joan Moser 7/23/13 ** "Common sense" ideas that make you say, "Why didn't I think of that?" Though the title talks first about assessment, the book is more about a framework for instruction. The CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary) framework provides a tool for tightly aligning assessment with specific teaching points that help students begin to use strategies in a strategic way! Rather than naming the strategies (i.e. clarify & fix-up), the reading routines give kids a menu of tools to use flexibly.

I anticipate incorporating many of these ideas into my teaching this year. The authors tie this work to the structures the discuss in The Daily Five, and many would work well in a Reading/Writing Workshop.