Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

Planning for Literacy: Guidelines for Instruction

Author: Martha M. French

Excerpted from Martha French's Starting With Assessment: A Developmental Approach to Deaf Children's Literacy (1999), this paper addresses some of the most pertinent issues in deaf education. It evaluates the benefits and potential drawbacks of current approaches to improving deaf children's literacy. It provides a developmental approach to assessment and instruction. It also outlines a balanced, structured program to teach literacy skills and strategies that are sensitive to the students' developmental needs and that capitalize on each child's conversational language competence.

This is a Sharing Ideas paper. The “Sharing Ideas” series comprises working or occasional papers of interest to parents and professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing children. Works in the series are often prepared for a specific ‘occasion’ and include papers, presentations, or final reports that address a need in the field or contribute to the growing body of knowledge about educating deaf and hard of hearing children. The intent of the series is to act as a clearinghouse for sharing information from a number of sources.

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