Why is it important to factor Ebonics into Reading Assessment and Instruction?
Ms. Jones is unaware of Amber's home dialect so she codes all of Amber's dialectally correct miscues as errors
As a result, she feels that Amber needs help with Phonics and that her current reading level is too difficult for her.
What's The Problem?
The teacher doesn't know how to identify dialect influence
The teacher needs to become familiar with Amber's home dialect and her community in order to:
A) Accurately Assess Amber's reading abilities
B) Determine her appropriate reading level
C) Target intervention for Amber's specific reading needs
How might taking dialect into account affect your diagnoses of your students' needs?
Finally Ask Yourself