What is Guided Reading?
It’s an instructional approach that involves a teacher working with a small group of pupils who have similar ability.
What’s the point of Guided Reading?
You select books that the children can read with about 90 percent accuracy. They focus on meaning but use problem-solving strategies to figure out words they don’t know, deal with difficult sentence structure, and understand concepts or ideas they have never before encountered in print.
Why is Guided Reading important?
Guided reading gives children the chance to apply the strategies they already know to new text. You provide support, but the ultimate goal is independent
• The teacher works with a small group of children with similar needs.
• The teacher provides introductions to the text that support children’s later attempts at problem solving.
• Each pupil reads the whole text or a unified part of the text.
• Readers figure out new words while reading for meaning.
• The teacher prompts, encourages, and confirms students’ attempts at problem solving.
• The teacher and pupil engage in meaningful conversations about what they are reading.
• The teacher and pupil revisit the text to demonstrate and use a range of comprehension strategies.