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1 Guided Reading A Part of a Balanced Literacy Framework

2 Our Agenda Where does guided reading fit in a balanced literacy framework? What are the critical attributes of guided reading? Observing the process (video) Guided Reading and Literacy Place Using the Guided Reading materials from Scholastic Literacy Place: Grammar, Usage and Mechanics (time allowing)

3 Main Sources for this Presentation

4 Elements of a Primary Balanced Literacy Program Reading Aloud Thinking Aloud Shared Reading Guided Reading Independent Reading Book Clubs/Literacy Circles Word Study Modeled Writing Thinking Aloud Shared Writing Interactive Writing Guided Writing Independent Writing

5 Literacy Learning: What’s Essential? Cognitive Strategies Surface Structure Systems Deep Structure Systems (handout – available at Click on: Ellin Keene's "What is Essential" -on four pages )

6 The Functions of Guided Reading  Readers construct and extend the meaning of texts  Readers monitor and correct their own reading  Readers maintain fluency and phrasing while reading continuous text  Readers problem-solve words “on the run” while reading continuous text

7 Grouping for Guided Reading  Placement is fluid and flexible, changing with children’s needs. (Therefore, the teacher must be diagnosing needs through sensitive observation.)  This homogeneous group is only one group to which the child belongs.

8 Text Selection  Texts are carefully selected by the teacher based upon the strengths and needs of the group.  Every child does not move through a predetermined sequence of texts.

9 Things to consider as you choose texts are:  Reading Level – instructional level  Concepts – Will they understand it?  Linguistic Difficulty – How complex are the sentence structures?  Theme – Is it appropriately sophisticated?  Background Knowledge  Current Strategies Used  Current Strategies Neglected  Text Layout  Interest

10 Introducing New Texts Introductions are carefully thought out ahead of time with consideration given to:  The focus of the lesson  Unfamiliar concepts  Unfamiliar language structures  Visual information that may need extra attention  Work for independence in book orientation

11 First Reading of the Text Every child reads the entire selection for that day whether it be an entire story, a portion of a story, or a single chapter. The teacher needs to circulate, listen in, teach, and make notes of observations in order to look for patterns within and among students.

12 Reasons that it is important for every child to have the opportunity to read the entire text:  They need to know what is happening within the whole text, not just a portion. This allows them to use the storyline to predict and to monitor their reading.  The need to encounter the word, structure, or type of processing again and again.  Limited amounts of texts offer limited opportunities.

13  They need to develop the ability to carry meaning over longer stretches of text.  They need to develop persistence and stamina as readers.  They need to collect evidence that may change their thinking as they read.

14 Teaching During the First Reading  Promote risk taking  Demonstrate, model, or prompt for searching  Demonstrate, model, or prompt for cross-checking  Link known to new information

15  Choose the most powerful and memorable teaching points and let some things go.  Use prompts that are generative in nature.  Promote the use of deep structure strategies (comprehension strategies)  Work for independence.

16 Discussing the Text After reading the teacher brings students together to discuss some aspect of the text.  Characters  Plot predictions  Part about which the students have questions  Revisit difficult vocabulary  Comprehension strategies used (metacognition)

17 The teacher may also use this time to: Reinforce strategy use Demonstrate or model strategy use Initiate a brief word study

18 Opportunities to Reread Opportunities are provided for rereading familiar texts in order to promote fluency, comprehension, and the orchestration of strategies.

19 Guided Reading and Literacy Place The sections of the Teachers’ Sourcebooks that are labeled “Guided Reading” do not fit the critical attributes that we have discussed today. They would be more aptly labeled “Shared Reading” if they were to be used with the whole class.

20 Scholastic materials that support guided reading are:  Shoebox Books  Guided Reading Books  Trade Book Libraries  Additional sets of multiple copies of books


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