Readingguided Reading 101

Guided reading is a crucial part of our literacy blocks. It's our time as teachers to work individually or in small groups with students to improve their reading skills and comprehension. That sounds nice, but what does that really mean?

Let’s begin by defining what guided reading actually is. Guided reading is a small group instructional model where students move from high teacher support to full control of the reading process. A text is selected specifically to provide just the right amount of challenge and it is possible to address individual student needs in a powerful way. RAZ Kids is an amazing website that allows the students to listen to and read books on their guided reading level online. Quizzes are also included for each book. If you have a computer microphone available, the students can record their voice for fluency checks. Mar 19, 2020 - Implementing Guided Reading. See more ideas about guided reading, reading classroom, school reading.

Let’s begin by defining what guided reading actually is. Guided reading is a small group instructional model where students move from high teacher support to full control of the reading process. A text is selected specifically to provide just the right amount of challenge and it is possible to address individual student needs in a powerful way. It also allows students a chance to engage with a rich variety of texts as they are taught how to read and process text on a page. It is part of a rich literacy design inside your classroom.

'The ultimate goal of instruction is to enable readers to work their way through a text independently. Guided reading leads to the independent reading that builds the process; it is the heart of an effective literacy program.'
-Fountas and Pinnell, 2016, pg. 13

Guided reading is NOT the entire reading program, but it is through guided reading that students learn how to engage in every facet of the reading process at a level that provides maximum opportunities to grow in reading competence. They take their reading skills to all literacy contexts (spelling, writing, decoding, etc.) The purpose of guided reading is to support the reader’s building of an effective processing system, enabling them to expand their reading power over time.

Let's look at some of the essential characteristics of guided reading.

After formally assessing students to find their reading levels, you create groups of students that are close in level. Sometimes it is effective to work with another teacher on your team to really create groups of students that are on the same level. Then, you select a text that is engaging and offers the right amount of challenge. If you discover that the text is too easy or too hard, you can stop reading it and choose a more appropriate book. After briefly introducing the text, you want to help guide your students through the ideas presented inside. This is done informally in a more conversational tone. Questions asked tend to be more open-ended and text-based. Finally, after observing the students, you make decisions on what the students need to focus on to become better readers. This could be decoding skills, comprehension strategies, or word work activities.

The ultimate goal of guided reading is independent, silent reading. You are there to support them if they need help or become confused, but in general they read without interruption. You may listen in to a student reading (whisper reading), and any interruptions with readers should be very brief.

'The process of reading must be dynamically supported by an interaction of text reading and good teaching. '
-Fountas and Pinnell, 2016, pg. 18

To help this process along, each person in the group has a job to do before, during, and after reading. Talking explicitly about this with your students can help maximize the effectiveness of your groups.

By following these guidelines, you will set your students up for success in all areas of literacy.

Want to learn more? Check out my Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers webinar. It's completely free and you get a certificate of completion just for attending.

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Looking for print and go guided reading materials? I have everything you need for grades K-5. :)

PEACE, LOVE, AND STICKY-NOTES,

Reading 101 is a self-paced professional development course for K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading and writing so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers and writers.

Reading 101 was produced in collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association.

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Our brains are hard-wired to master spoken language, but learning to read is another story. Learning to read is a very complex skill — one of the most complex things that we ask our children to take on. And for many kids, it doesn’t come easily.

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As a result, teaching children to read and write well can be a very challenging job. So much so that researcher Louisa Moats called her influential article “Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science.” (This incidentally, became the inspiration for the “Reading Rockets” name!).

There are many reasons why children succeed or struggle in school, but among school-related factors, teachers matter the most. What teachers know and what they do in class every day have an enormous impact on student achievement.

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It’s never easy, but when reading instruction is delivered by knowledgeable, skilled teachers, more students will be more successful, and all but the most severe reading disabilities can be addressed effectively. This is true even for students who are most at risk.

Reading 101 presents some of the core information that teachers need to help young children learn to read and write well and to support the children who struggle. You may want to start with the introductory section, How Children Learn to Read and then move on to our course modules:

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Reading Rockets does not offer CEUs for this self-study course. After completing the modules, you can download a Letter of Completion.

Certification

To learn how you can become certified by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction, visit Becoming a Certified Literacy Teacher.

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Reading 101 is a service of WETA/ Reading Rockets in collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association. Reading 101 is made possible in part by a grant from the LD Network.

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Executive Editor, Reading 101: Noel Gunther

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Contributing writers and editors:

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  • Suzanne Carreker, PhD, CALT-QI
  • Elizabeth Liptak
  • Nicole Lubar
  • Latrice Seals, Ed.D.
  • Louise Spear-Swerling, Ph.D.

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Reading 101 is a collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association.

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