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Unformatted text preview: FCRR Reports are prepared in response to requests from Florida school districts for review of specific reading programs. The reports are intended to be a source of information about programs that will help teachers, principals, and district personnel in their choice of materials that can be used by skilled teachers to provide effective instruction. In addition to describing programs and their use, these reports provide information on the extent to which their content, organization, and instructional strategies are consistent with scientifically based research in reading. Whether or not a program has been reviewed does not constitute endorsement or lack of endorsement by the FCRR. The programs for which reports are available do not constitute an “approved” or “required” list, since many potentially useful programs have not yet been reviewed. http://www.fcrr.org/FCRRReports/table.asp?rep=supp
http://www.fcrr.org/curriculum/studentCenterActivities.htm Guide to grammer and writing
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm quizzes: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm Developmental Stages of writing
http://www.allkindsofminds.org/ptk/writingbasics.aspx What Authors Say About Writing
Click on an author's name to see a quote by that author. Click on the name again to turn
the quote off.
"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you
come to the end: then stop."
__ Lewis Carroll
in Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
Eeyore (created by A. A. Milne)
"This writing business. Pencils and what not. Over rated if you ask me."
__ Eeyore Francis Bacon
"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an
__ Francis Bacon
does, or music.
If you are born
rules to suit laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting
knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the
yourself." __ Truman Capote Types of writing
Persuasive or Argumentative Writing:
Writing for a Variety of Occasions, Purposes, and Audiences:
How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books:
Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Children's Literature:
http://www.multiculturalchildrenslit.com Writing Programs/Assessments (from portfolios to rubrics, checklists)
Project-Based Learning Writing Checklist:
http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=NewRubric§ion_id=5 Writing in the Early Grades:
http://www.ncte.org/prog/writing/research/113328.htm Writing in the Intermediate Grades:
http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php Lesson Plan Indexes:
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/multicultural-literature/resource/54578.html literary terms that describe techniques writers use to communicate ideas:
http://www.dean.tec.ma.us/MCAS/mcasst.htm "Responding to Literature in the Elementary Classroom” web site:
http://www.ncte.org/profdev/online/rwt/topics/118596.htm Reading to Respond:
http://www2.selu.edu/Academics/Education/TEC/waysofresponding.htm Literary Circles:
http://www.litcircles.org/Overview/overview.html Literacy Engagements and Strategies:
diagnostic assessments used in Florida:
Source: The NICHD Research Program in Reading Development, Reading Disorders
and Reading Instruction.
Retrieved 22 February 2006 from:
Examples of norm-referenced K-2 reading tests:
Examples of criterion-referenced K- 2 reading tests:
The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) provides information about criterionreferenced and norm-referenced assessment:
reading inventory assessments, http://departments.weber.edu/teachall/reading/inventories.html think-alouds:
Student Portfolios, Career and Resume writing
Just read FL website: http://www.justreadflorida.com/LEaRN/ Read, Write, Think Resource website http://www.readwritethink.org/resources/index.asp developmental stages of readers:
Importance of conversation to language development
The Importance of Phonemic Awareness in Learning to Read, by Wesley Hoover:
How Do I Teach Phonemic Awareness?
How Do I Assess Phonemic Awareness?
http://reading.uoregon.edu/pa/pa_assess.php Teaching Phonemic Awareness: Phonemic Awareness Benchmarks:
http://reading.uoregon.edu/pa/pa_benchmarks.php http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/tnl/langarts/phonics.htm When working with phonological awareness and phonics, it is crucial that teachers know
the correct pronunciation of the sounds in English. The Florida Center for Reading
Research (FCRR) provides teachers with an opportunity to firm up their knowledge of
sound pronunciations. View All About Sounds from the FCCR web site:
file=sounds&ln=All About Sounds
k-1 yr olds http://www.fcrr.org/curriculum/studentCenterActivities.htm
2-3 yr olds http://www.fcrr.org/curriculum/studentCenterActivities23.htm
http://reading.uoregon.edu/au/au_teach.php Fluency Click below to read a summary of the National Reading Panel Report on fluency from
Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read:
"What Is Fluency?"
"Why Is Fluency Important?" http://reading.uoregon.edu/flu/flu_why.php
"How Do I Teach Fluency?"
"How Do I Assess Fluency?"
Vocabulary Click below to read a summary of the National Reading Panel Report on vocabulary from
the publication, Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children
Vocabulary in beginning reading http://reading.uoregon.edu/voc/voc_teach.php "What Is Vocabulary Instruction?"
"Why Is Vocabulary Instruction Important?"
"How Do I Teach Vocabulary?"
Click on the link below for more information on vocabulary development—select
Vocabulary/ Concept Development from the menu:
Spanish/English Cognates: http://www.colorincolorado.org/cognates.pdf Text Comprehension
publications/reading_first1text.html "How Do I Teach Comprehension?"
"The 4th Grade Slump":
"Students Who Struggle with Comprehension":
"Comprehension Instruction: What Makes Sense Now, What Might Make Sense Soon,"
by Michael Pressley:
Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science:
"The Right Questions Can Improve Student Thinking and Learning," by Linda Blair:
Punctuation according to
An Apostrophe is the mark of punctuation (’) used (1) to indicate a missing letter or letters, as in
contractions such as isn’t, they’re, and it’s, (2) to distinguish genitives of nouns from noun plurals not in the genitive (boy’s, boys’, but plural boys), and (3) sometimes to mark plural numbers and letters
(three 6’s, two A’s). Never use an apostrophe in front of the -s ending that forms a plural noun (The
sign says Fine Meal’s), in front of the -s that forms a third-person singular present tense verb (Accused
Plead’s Insanity), or before the -s in an absolute possessive pronoun (This hat is her’s).
Brackets ([ ]), also called square brackets, are marks of punctuation that have three main purposes.
(1) In quotations they distinguish material added to a quotation, such as disclaimers of responsibility
for a misspelling in the original text (“it was a seperate [sic] meeting”) or to further explain quoted
matter (He said, “I read my favorite novel [War and Peace] every year”). (2) Brackets also serve as
parentheses within parentheses in text (or as parentheses around parentheses in complex
mathematical equations). (3) Conventionally, square brackets set off phonetic symbols (Phone begins
with an [f] sound). Angle brackets (< >) are sometimes used for these same purposes, but much less
This punctuation mark, the colon, (:) can (1) signal a forthcoming list, as in He sold sundries: needles,
thread, pins, buttons, and thimbles; (2) introduce a further amplification or a summary of what has just
been said, as in After years of work, he finally had it: the championship; (3) let one clause explain
another, as in He was late: his car had broken down; (4) lead into a long quotation, as in Jefferson
wrote: When in the course of human events,…; and (5) do such separating tasks as these: Henry IV,
Pt. I, II:iv:122; Dear Sir:; New York: Longman, 1987; and 11:15 A.M.
The comma (,) usually separates one element of a locution from another without actually setting them
completely apart. It separates independent clauses joined by coordinating conjunctions such as and
(He ordered them, and he paid for them) and sets off nonrestrictive modifiers, appositives, and other
parenthetical elements (Fred, who teaches Spanish, is being promoted; George Smith, my uncle, has
died; His humor is, I think, bizarre). The comma also separates sentence adverbs and adverbial
clauses and phrases from the main clause they precede, and if the adverbial clause interrupts the
main clause, commas surround it (Furthermore, I don’t believe that she’s guilty; I don’t believe,
furthermore, that she’s guilty). Commas separate words in series (a horse, a dog, and a cow; note that
American English prefers and many editors require the comma after dog, but the British rarely use it,
and some Americans don’t use it either) and in a string of adjectives modifying a noun (a dark, windy,
unpleasant day). The comma can introduce, enclose, and end direct quotations (I said, “Go home”; I
said, “Go home,” and I threw him out; “Go home,” I said). It also separates contradictory locutions (It’s
green, not blue), sets off direct address (Yes, Fred, I’ll be there), and marks off certain rhetorical
questions (He’s a fool, isn’t he?). And the comma can make clear that a word or words have been
omitted in an otherwise repetitive locution, as in Some like it hot; others, cold, and serves to prevent
ambiguity, as in For John, Henry was a model.
The comma also performs a range of stylistic chores which sometimes differ slightly from publisher to
publisher and stylebook to stylebook. It may separate date and year (July 4, 1776), city from state
(Chicago, Illinois), day from date (Monday, April 10), a name from a title in apposition (David Hankins,
Building Monitor), and the last name from the first, when they are presented in reverse order (O’Hara,
James D.). In each of these cases, a comma may (and sometimes must) follow the second element as
well. Commas also mark the thousands in a long number ($10,000,000) and often signal the end of
salutation and complimentary close in personal letters (Dear Milton, Love, Harriet).
The dash (—) is a mark of punctuation similar to but physically longer than a hyphen and used for
other purposes. Typed, a dash is usually rendered with two hyphens; in printed matter. It signals an
interruption in syntax and in the idea of a sentence: When the governor understood how—did you hear
the phone? It also can be used as a colon might be used, to introduce a summarizing phrase following
a list of details: We had studied math, English, chemistry, philosophy, history—the whole liberal arts
curriculum. It can replace commas or parentheses that enclose grammatically parenthetical clauses or
phrases: They took every precaution—it seemed to take forever—to ensure our safe arrival. It can also
be used to set off an interjected question or exclamation: The need now—urgent, is it not?—is for
more funding. The dash also appears in attributions of quotations: Water, water, every where, nor any
drop to drink. —Coleridge. Finally, the dash is frequently used in Informal writing—especially in
personal letters—to suggest the spontaneity, breeziness, and relaxed structure we usually find in
conversation. It can be effective when so used, but its overuse to avoid other punctuation and to evade the requirements of more conventional syntax can be trying for the reader, even in a personal letter. In
more Formal writing overuse can suggest that the writer is hasty, careless, and imprecise.
This punctuation mark, the double hyphen (=) is called for in some stylebooks to separate parts of a
word at the end of a line and the beginning of the next when the word would ordinarily already be
hyphenated at that point anyway; if the break came at the hyphen in high-energy, for example, the line
would end high=, and the next line would begin energy.
The ellipsis is the use of periods or other marks to indicate the omission of words in a quotation:
“Better late than never, but….” Conventionally, use three periods within a sentence. When your ellipsis
ends with the end of a phrase, clause, or sentence in the original, use four periods or three plus
whatever mark ended the original.
The exclamation point (!) is the punctuation mark used to give the sort of emphasis to a word,
phrase, or sentence that suggests loud, vigorous, forthright delivery. Never! Free at last! Never darken
my door again! In English it always goes at the end of the locution to be emphasized. But stridency is
seldom approved in speech, and so in writing too be sparing of the exclamation point. Rely on your
words, not your punctuation, to make your passion ring forth.
The hyphen (-) English uses to link the parts of some compound words (drug-dependent, blow-dry),
including most of those containing prepositions (mother-in-law, top-of-the-line); to combine single-word
proper nouns such as place names (the London-Paris flight, although in printed matter the New York–
London flight and the Saint-Lambert–Montreal route, will look slightly different, because printing uses
the en dash to form compounds when one or both of the words are made up of two words or are
already hyphenated); to put between some prefixes and the root words to which they’re joined (nonChristian, self-destruct, pre-Columbian); to avoid ambiguity in compound modifiers (blue-green
enamel, a slow-moving van, but a slowly moving van, because -ly adverbs and the adjectives they
modify are not hyphenated); to use between parts of fractions as these are spelled out, especially as
modifiers (a three-fourths majority); to mean “up to and including” when used between numbers or
dates (50–59, 1922–1930, although here Edited English requires en dashes); to divide elements of
compound two-digit numbers over twenty (twenty-one, ninety-nine). Note that even if you use a
hyphen between parts of an adjective or adverb (an eighteenth-century statesman), you should not do
so in a modifier plus a noun (She lived in the eighteenth century).
The hyphen’s other main use is to link the parts of a word divided for lack of space at the end of a line
of writing; in this use the hyphen appears at the end of the last syllable for which there is room on that
line, with the rest of the word then appearing at the beginning of the next line. Good desk dictionaries
show you where words may conventionally be divided, usually with a dot or space between syllables
where a hyphen may go. Generally editors try to avoid hyphenating any word at the end of a line when
the word already has a hyphen in it.
Parenthesis are the punctuation marks we use to set off explanatory or other additional material not
needed in the main sentence. Stylistically, parentheses are a way of setting off an aside in a syntactic
structure. Paired dashes can do this too—they’re the most vigorous of such marks—and parentheses
are a bit stronger than paired commas for a similar purpose. Conventionally parentheses are also used
to set off numbers, as in (1), (2), etc.; to repeat and confirm a number or give an abbreviation in a text,
as in There were fifteen hundred three (1,503) applicants and The agency was the United Nations
Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (UNRRA); and to indicate alternative possibilities, as in forms to be
filled out: Fill in name(s) of occupant(s) of this address.
Conventional combinations of parentheses and other marks of punctuation are these: a full sentence
within parentheses but not within another sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period
or other terminal mark, all placed within the parentheses; inside a sentence, the materials within
parentheses need not be capitalized nor have end punctuation within them but may include a question
mark or an exclamation point; abbreviations within parentheses may end with a period; within a
sentence, punctuation will go not immediately before a parenthetical insertion but directly after the final
parenthesis mark, as in He gave his name (grudgingly), but he refused to give his address; and a
parenthetical remark within parentheses will be surrounded by square brackets, not by a second set of parentheses (in mathematical expressions, the reverse is true: material already containing
parentheses will be enclosed by square brackets, which in turn may be enclosed by braces)
This period (.) is used to indicate the ends of sentences or sentence fragments that do not use
question marks or exclamation points. Conventionally it occurs at the ends of some abbreviations,
after numbers and letters that indicate the items in lists of outlines, and after initials in a person’s
name; in some stylebooks, periods are specified as the punctuation in act, scene, and line references
(II.iii.45–48) and the like.
This question mark (?) appears at the end of sentences that are questions. In direct quotations, the
question mark falls inside the final quotation mark; “Where?” she asked. In indirect quotations, no
question mark is used: She asked where he had been. We also use question marks to indicate that we
are unsure of a fact or opinion: The life dates of Ethelred II (the Unready) were 968?–1016.
Quotation marks come in two forms, double and single. The double quotation marks (opening “ and
closing ”) are used to enclose the words of a direct quotation: She said, “I’ll never see you again.”
(They are never used in indirect quotation: She said she’d never see him again.) They are also used to
enclose words or phrases quoted from others or words that may be slang or that are in some other
way being used peculiarly: The speaker tried to put a favorable “spin” on his denial. The “pacification
plan” was in fact simply a euphemism for a bloody conquest. But be sparing: most editors discourage
the use of such quotation marks for effect rather than for a substantive reason, and overuse of these
marks in any writing is affected.
Convention also calls for double quotation marks around the titles of short stories, short poems, short
musical compositions, and the names of plays, chapters in books, and radio and television programs:
Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” “Eye Witness News.” (Titles of longer works usually require italics
instead, and sometimes the decision is arbitrary or simply conventional: books of the Bible, for
example, are almost always italicized rather than placed in quotation marks, and the same is true of
the titles of Shakespeare’s plays.)
A key problem with quotation marks is which other marks of punctuation go inside the closing
quotation mark(s) and which belong outside. In the United States, most stylebooks and most editors
follow these rules: periods and commas belong inside, colons and semicolons outside. Other marks—
question mark, dash, and exclamation point, for example—go inside when they belong with the quoted
material, outside when they belong to the main sentence.
When quoting a long passage of two or more paragraphs, the usual procedure in written American
English is to use no quotation marks and instead to set off the entire passage of quoted matter by
indenting it. If you decide to use quotation marks instead, however, the usual procedure is to begin
each paragraph of the long quotation with quotation marks but to use a closing quotation mark only at
the end of the final sentence in the quoted passage. In any event, use only one of these methods with
any given quotation.
In American writing single quotation marks are restricted mainly to enclosing a quotation within a
quotation: The dealer said, “I’m sorry, I thought you said ‘I pass.’” Note that a period goes inside both
final quotation marks when the two quotations end together.
The semicolon (;) has two important uses in written English. (1) It coordinates (separates yet
connects evenhandedly) two independent clauses not joined by a coordinating conjunction: I ran to the
door; no one was there. Notice particularly its use when independent clauses are joined by conjunctive
adverbs such as however and furthermore. These are not coordinating conjunctions, and therefore a
comma is not enough punctuation; a semicolon does the job: We were there early; nonetheless, they
had already left. With a coordinating conjunction such as and or but, a comma would serve: We
arrived early, but they had already left. (2) The semicolon also serves to separate clauses or phrases
in series constructions when these already contain commas (He had a tall, black horse; a wagon,
which someone had given him after the battle; and a threadbare, tattered carpetbag) and elsewhere
where there are already other commas. Another point about the semicolon: the convention is that the semicolon always belongs outside the
final quotation marks: He said, “I hit him”; he smiled wickedly.
A virgule (also called a diagonal, slash, slash mark, or solidus) is a slanted line (/) used between two
words to suggest that they are alternatives (and/or), between the parts of a fraction (1/2), or for other
typographical purposes, such as indicating line endings when verse is quoted without indentation,
within a regular prose paragraph. Slanted in the other direction (), these marks are sometimes used to
enclose phonemes, and in computer applications, where they are called back slashes or backslashes,
they are used in certain commands. ...
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