1) Assessment: You are going to need to know what your students reading levels are, reading behaviours, strengths and stretches. You can use the NLPS assessments we learned, reading records, and any another assessments that will help draw any useful information about your students as readers.
2) Making your groups: By your assessment, Group 3-5 students at the same reading level and similar reading behaviours together. You are wanting students to work on strategies that will help them develop as independent readers while also able to comprehend the story. By grouping students with students at the same level, they have the opportunity to build from their skill level while working with other students to deepen understanding and have conversations about the stories and problem solving strategies.
3) Finding the right fit: Pick a book that would be of interest to the students and is at their reading level. (Librarians can help you). Make sure each student has a copy of the book. Every student will need a copy of the book so they can independently reading quietly to self as the rest of the group is doing the same.
4) Skill Focus: For each group of students, identify a skill(s) to introduce as a focal point of the lesson. Students are to practice this skill while they are reading the story for purpose.
5)Purpose of reading: Teachers must set a purpose for reading. This helps build the meaning and comprehension of reading stories. (i.e. what is the problem in the story? why is the character sad? Etc.) What are students to be looking for in the story? afterwards in the closing of the lesson, students are going to have a conversation about these questions and re-telling of story.