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Home » Fountas & Pinnell » BAS & Prediction

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9/26/2011 4:12:58 PM

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Our District used to administer the DRA2- which places a heavy emphasis on prediction. We were wondering why the F & P BAS does not have any focus on prediction- what is the thinking behind this?
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9/26/2011 5:39:23 PM

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Fountas and Pinnell view the comprehending process as thinking within the text, beyond the text, and about the text. The comprehension conversation is a life-like situation of talking about what is read -- what is the student's thinking about what he/she just read? Certainly prediction is an important part of the comprehending process, and it is assessed as you look at the key understandings and prompts during the comprehension conversation for each book.

Comprehending also includes the literal meaning of the text through solving the words, monitoring understanding and accuracy, searching for and using information, remembering information in summary form, adjusting for purpose and type of text, and sustaining fluent reading (within the text). The reader is also making predictions, making connections with prior knowledge, personal experience, and other texts, inferring what is implied but not stated, and synthesizing new information by changing his/her own ideas (beyond the text). And the reader is thinking about the literary elements of the text, recognizing elements of the writer's craft, and thinking critically about the text (about the text). Fountas and Pinnell view comprehending as a process that is more complex than prediction.

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