Miscues Not Mistakes by M Ruth Davenport. Reading Assessment in the
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Miscues Not Mistakes

Reading Assessment in the Classroom

By M Ruth Davenport
Foreword by Dorothy Watson

Miscues Not Mistakes provides a miscue analysis workshop in a book—a lucid, teacher-friendly account of the whys and hows of the topic, demonstrating how you can do miscue analysis every day with every student reading any book.

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In this substantive, practical guide, Ruth Davenport presents essentially a miscue analysis workshop in a book—a lucid, teacher-friendly account of the whys and hows of the topic. Davenport demonstrates that you can do miscue analysis every day with every student reading any book through the use of an Over the Shoulder Procedure. You will not only be able to interpret what you hear when you listen—really listen—to readers; you'll realize that changes in the text are miscues, not mistakes, that tell you much about the reader's use of language and processing of written text.

Davenport lays the foundation for understanding her methods with a thorough description of the reading process from a transactive sociopsycholinguistic perspective. She then offers practical applications of these methods using reproducibles, examples, and explanatory artwork. In addition, by visiting the website www.heinemann.com and linking to her book, she gives you a chance to hear an eight-year-old reading. Listen as you look at a transcript, mark the student's miscues on a typescript included in the book, and follow Davenport as she evaluates his reading.

Read Miscues, Not Mistakes and gain:

  • a deeper understanding of the reading process
  • charts and transcripts to help you try out miscue analysis
  • skill in the Over the Shoulder Procedure—fast, friendly, and relatively paper free
  • a new view of readers and their use of language
  • well developed "miscue ears" attuned to the language of miscues, not mistakes.

Contents

Contents:
1. What Is Reading?
2. What Is a Miscue?
3. What Is Miscue Analysis?
4. How Do I Conduct Procedure III?
5. Procedure III with LaMar
6. How Do I Conduct an Over the Shoulder Miscue Analysis and a Procedure IV?
7. OTS and Procedure IV—Examples with Readers
8. Now What?
Appendixes: Reproducible Forms

Samples

Companion Resources

Here is your chance to hear an eight-year-old read. Listen as you look at a transcript, mark the student's miscues on a typescript included in the book, and follow the author as she evaluates his reading. As you listen, refer to pages 101 through 120 for an explanation of miscue markings and sentence codings.

Click Here to listen to the sample audio clip. (MP3 File, 1.7 MB)

"The Old Man, His Son—and the Donkey" from Country and City Book, Bank Street College of Education, copyright © 1970 was originally published by The Macmillan Company. Reprinted by permission of The McGraw-Hill Companies.