Successful reading instruction often includes guided reading. A small-group practice in which students read texts at their reading level.
Much of today’s literacy instruction uses guiding reading strategies to engage students with a variety of texts, encouraging them to apply the reading skills they’ve learned!
- Allows teachers to support each reader’s development as they process texts that appropriately challenge them
- Helps teachers lead students forward intentionally through increasingly challenging texts
- Helps students think and act like proficient readers
Learning A-Z reading program provides multi-leveled books, online and offline reading resources and reading guides and help teachers implement guided reading with students.
Follow below steps to implement guided reading:
- Conduct extensive research on the students in this small group:
- Review their assessments
- Remind yourself of everything you already know about their needs as readers
- Identify the areas of instruction you’d like to emphasize with each reader or the small group as a whole.
- Choose the guided reading lesson plans you want to use with this group, based on:
- Reading level
- Educational needs of each reader and of the group
- Relevance to other areas of study
- Appropriateness for guided reading practice.
- Study and analyze the text in depth, considering how students will respond and planning out in detail all related questions and activities for the small group.
- Introduce the subject of the activity to the assembled group, and then introduce the text itself.
- Ask students to read the text individually, and observe them while they read, offering answers to questions along with other reading support as needed throughout the reading time.
- When they’re done reading, invite them to discuss the text’s meaning with you and each other.
- Work with students on the teaching goals, questions, or activities you planned for this group, focusing on one or two main take-away points. Extend learning and understanding by engaging children in:
- Activities involving letter and/or word work
- Writing activities about the text they’ve just read
- Reflection on things they enjoyed or learned from the text or the activity
- Games or role-plays based on the text
- Requests for following lessons or related texts
- Artistic expression inspired by the text.
- Think about what worked with this exercise, what didn’t, and why, and use the knowledge to improve next time!
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