Post #4 A Step by Step Guide

Before Reading

Teacher Will:

  • Introduce text ( sell it)
  • Introduce skill focus
  • Walk through gradual release model ( I do, we do, you do).
  • Picture walk with student
  • Read fro a purpose-state a question of what you want your students to look for while reading ( i.e. Why was the princess sad?, or What happened to the fish?, Who is the protagonists?”  etc) – suitable for reader level.

Student Will:

  • Examine Text
  • Listen to the skill focus lesson-ask questions if needed
  • participate in gradual release model
  • Predict/share ideas in picture walk

During Reading   

Teacher will:

  • Listen to individual students as they read. Make formative assessment notes and gather information that will help in further learning and guided reading sessions.
  • Help students when they are very stuck. Remind them of strategies learned to problem solve and De-code text.

Student will:

  • Read text quietly to self (Whisper Voice).
  • Read for purpose. Find the answer to the question stated at the beginning.
  • use strategies learned during mini lessons to help problem-solve and de-code text.

After Reading

Teacher Will: 

  • Prompt students with questions that contribute to a guided conversation about the story.
  • Try asking certain students questions about specific details, and inferencing of the text.
  • Make observational/ formative assessment notes.

Students will: 

  • Participate in conversation of the text.
  • Retell parts if the story.
  • Ask questions to rest of group to spark a conversation or clarify your own understanding.

– ** Guided reading is extra support for all students to help develop their individual skills. Benefits of guided reading shine when students feel engaged and have a positive attitude towards working collaborative, helping others in their group, and being open to learning from others in the group, Including the teacher.  Teaching conversation skills and positive language will make the comprehension conversation at the end so much more rich**.

Post #3 Materials and Set up

When setting up a space to instruct guided reading sessions, you may want to do this in a spot where you can also keep an eye on the rest of the class.  A spot where you can easily scan and make sure students are on task and participating in the classroom rules and instructions.

The materials you will need are:

A Table and enough chairs: Ideally a table where you can easily support up to 5 students and have them work comfortably.

White Board and White board Markers:  Something to write on and show students the skill focus of the lesson. where you can demonstrate a gradual release model of the skill.

Enough copies of the book: Each student is going to quietly read the text to self. They are reading for comprehension and meanwhile working on the skill demonstrated.  Students will each need the book.

Formative Assessment Notebook/Files: While supporting students, you may want to make notes of student progress for next steps to further support their learning. Guided reading groups will often change as some students will struggle with different skills throughout the process. Guided Reading is a good opportunity to assess students for further learning.