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Guided reading provides a structured pathway for scholars and teachers to navigate their way towards the standards.
Guided reading is a context in which a teacher supports each reader’s development of effective strategies for processing novel texts at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty.
Prefaced by the work of Marie Clay who noted that reading is a process involving problem solving strategies. Scholars must be engaged in reading texts which allow them to solve problems. Guided reading provides this support for scholars.
Guided reading meets the needs of all readers, both struggling and independent, through its varied instruction focusing on constructing meaning and understanding of concepts not previously encountered.
Guided reading allows for ongoing observation and assessment that informs the teacher’s interactions with individuals in the group and helps the teacher select appropriate texts.
Students practice in instructional-level texts.
Students practice in text chosen by teacher.
Structure often includes book introduction, reading with coaching, and teaching point(s) or discussion.
Small group of students works with the teacher.
Combination of explicit and supported instruction used.
Students practice in independent-level texts.
Students practice in self-selected or teacher assigned texts.
Structure includes connection, explicit teaching, active engagement, and a link to students’ reading.
Teaching Reading in Small Groups
by: J. Serravallo
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