It's Saturday morning and I'm attending an online webinar on "Guided Reading". This PD is linked to my Professional Learning Inquiry (you can read about that here). I'm new to the primary setting so am very much looking forward to the challenge of walking with our tamariki (children) further in their reading journey.
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 allows you to teach in a responsive way, taking into account your analysis of strengths and needs of individual readers.
-Fountas and Pinnell, 2016, pg. 17
Step 1: Form a small group
Generally, this is done by ability, but I'm curious as to whether this can be done by interest?
Step 2: Select and analyze a text
What ideas and concepts will be challenging for students? How will this stretch their thinking? What opportunities are there for making connections?
Ten text characteristics
- Text structure
- Themes and ideas
- Language and literary features
- Sentence complexity
- Book and print features
Step 4: Observe and interact with students
Step 5: Invite students to discuss the text
In what ways will you invite the children to discuss the text? The following question prompts were shown and I thought they were great, will definitely be making a set for my class.
Step 6: Make teaching points
What strategies/topics/teaching points are you trying to cover in your groups?
Step 7: Word work
What opportunities can you provide for children to 'play' with words found in the story? Another cool idea offered in the workshop can be seen below.
Step 8: Writing or drawing
What are some ways we can incorporate writing or drawing into our word work block?
Step 9: Reflect and plan
- What impact does ability groups have on students attitudes towards reading?
- What are the implications of leveling children and having this made public? (not something I want to do at all!)
- How important is independent reading in a new entrant class?
- How much time is dedicated to preparing for guided reading lessons?