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The Bridge: Informal, Structured-Portfolio Assessment of Emergent Literacy

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The Bridge is an informal emergent literacy assessment tool (Pierce, Summer, & O’DeKirk, 2005) designed to identify emergent reading and writing skills in young children. The Bridge was initially designed for use in inclusive early childhood settings where a single assessment tool was required for all students. Over the past decade, the Bridge, a free tool, has been used with increasingly diverse learners who are emerging in their understandings of reading and writing. The Bridge is a structured portfolio assessment that uses natural artifacts, such as photos, videos, work samples and anecdotal notes, that are collected during instruction and during shared and independent interactions with print. These artifacts are collected continuously and reviewed regularly to identify student understandings and inform instruction. This presentation will describe the Bridge and its application with individuals with complex communication needs, as well as its use in guiding instructional decisions for emergent readers and writers of all ages.

Author(s):

Allison Dennis    
Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
United States

Karen Erickson    
Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
United States

 

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