Using the CAFE Menu to choose a reading strategy
Assessing young readers involves more than determining a reading level and moving them onto the next.
We developed the CAFE Menu to help students understand and master different strategies used by successful
CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary, and the system
includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board,
developing small group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting
whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs and fine tuning one on one conferring.
Learn more about the CAFE system on TheDailyCAFE.com
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