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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:40 AM

Guided Reading - Guided reading as an instructional approach to literacy that is a focus for our staff this year.  This is a teaching approach designed to help individual readers build an effective system for processing a variety of increasingly challenging texts over time.
 
Guided reading is a research-based, professionally energized, highly targeted, scaffolded reading instruction that propels all students toward confident, independent reading of high quality grade level books across a diverse array of literature and informational genres. Reading well means reading with deep, high quality comprehension and gaining maximum insight or knowledge from each source.
 
Using benchmark assessments or other systematic observation, the instructional reading level of each student is determined. The teacher forms a temporary group of students that are alike enough in their development of a reading process that it makes sense to teach them together for a period of time. In selecting a text for the group, the teacher uses the level designation; thinks about the strengths, needs, and background knowledge of the group; and analyzes the individual text for opportunities to support students' successful engagement with the meaning, language, and print of the text. The teacher uses the text to help the children expand what they know how to do as readers.
  • Independent Reading Level - The independent level is the level at which the child can read easily and with pleasure. This is the highest level you would ask a child to read with only a small amount of assistance.
  • Instructional Reading Level - Most students are taught by their teacher at their instructional levels during their guided reading time.  This is the level at which the teacher 'stretches' the student in his/her thinking and reading. This is the highest level at which a reader is not independent, but has adequate background knowledge for a topic, and can access text quickly with no or few errors.