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Link: Teaching Reading: K-2

Student Case Study: Cassandra

First Impressions


Cassandra Becomes a Fluent Reader

Video Summary

The Student, the Teacher, and the Class

Analyzing the Video
  Before Viewing
  First Impressions
  Looking Closer
  Summing Up

Making Connections

Selected Resources


Watch the Video

On your first viewing, note how Cassandra's reading fluency develops over the year. How does she approach words in isolation and in context in September and then in May? How does she make connections with the text?


Review What You Saw

As you reflect on these questions, write down your responses or discuss them as a group.

Review your notes on Cassandra's Literacy Development Chart (PDF). Then consider the following questions:

  • Cassandra's Progress: How does Cassandra progress in reading during the year? How does her progress compare to that of your own students? What factors influenced her reading progress? What questions do you have about her literacy development?
  • Classroom Environment: What classroom contexts and instructional practices support reading fluency? How does the classroom environment encourage Cassandra to gain independence as a reader and writer?
  • Home/School Connection: How do Ms. Perez and Cassandra's mother collaborate to create a complete profile of Cassandra? How do they monitor her progress to encourage her as a reader?

Next > Looking Closer

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