This is a three-part, DVD-based kit that shows you how one simple diagnostic test can reveal any student’s progress through the phases of early reading and writing. You’ll watch firsthand as Gentry meets children between ages three and seven for the first time and uses his famed Monster Test to uncover which literacy phase they have reached and point toward the next steps each child should take.

Paralleling the Instructional Blueprint in his best-selling Breaking the Code, Gentry’s powerful assessment tool will give you invaluable insight into children’s thinking as they discover the pattern of meaning behind the marks on a page and you track the natural, ordered, step-by-step sequence of operations that all beginning readers and writers employ.

Assessing Early Literacy with Richard Gentry’s three components together offer an individualized professional development experience that will quickly have you assessing students successfully:

  • The DVD lets you watch up close as Gentry meets and assesses seven students of varying ages and literacy levels. You’ll see the powerful five-to-ten-minute sessions he spends with each child, allowing you to work alongside him and make your own evaluations. In the final segment, Gentry reveals the students’ phases of development, and shares exactly how he arrived at them, and describes what they mean for each child’s future instruction.
  • The Phase Finder is a field guide to the five phases of early literacy development. It helps you recognize a child’s phase and plan for subsequent teaching with advice designed to propel students through their current phase and into the next. You’ll refer to this valuable resource while assessing the students on the DVD or the students in your own classroom.
  • A Viewer’s Guide to Assessing Early Literacy with Richard Gentry offers suggestions for getting started, recommendations for making the most of the DVD and the Phase Finder, and tips on what to look for as you watch the DVD or assess the readers and writers in your classroom.