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The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment and Instruction, 2nd Edition.


The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment and Instruction, 2nd Edition

Gail Boushey and Allison Behne

Stenhouse Publishers


246 pages



Boushey, an educator, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, and Behne, a teacher, writer, and speaker, outline a system for teachers to use to engage all students in literacy instruction and assessment using CAFE (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary strategies) when reading. The framework consists of assessment and using assessments to inform instruction, an instruction method, and accountability methods. They describe how to use conferring notebooks for accountability, assessing student strengths and needs, an instruction protocol for designing student-centered lessons, designing a student-centered classroom and introducing the method to students, and frequently asked questions. This edition includes a new process of planning data-driven instruction using the Seven Steps from Assessment to Instruction; a framework to guide instruction and planning; resources to help in lesson planning, assessment, goal setting, and parent involvement; a revised CAFE menu and checklist of skills for emerging readers; new and improved forms for the online conferring notebook and pencil/paper notebook to support more effective conferring with students; a resource to guide understanding of student-focused instruction; new and revised Ready Reference Guides that include when to teach the strategy, options for differentiating instruction, and partner strategies; a deeper dive into strategy acquisition through the cognitive processes of reading; and discussion of the instructional practices used to teach. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Feb 1, 2020
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