Participants will explore the components of a comprehensive literacy system and learn how guided reading fits within this context. In this professional learning opportunity, teachers will explore the reading process and how it is supported throughout a guided reading lesson. They will learn the components of a lesson and will build an understanding of responsive teaching throughout each component. They will also learn how to use high-quality texts to support responsive teaching. Participants will explore the use of systematic observation and assessment to form groups and inform instruction. Participants will have the opportunity to explore The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum for planning instruction for guided reading groups.
- Gain an overview of the components of a comprehensive literacy system as described in Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, including interactive read-aloud, shared reading, independent reading, book clubs, and guided reading.
- Understand how to manage and design meaningful literacy experiences that foster independent learning.
- Learn the basic elements of a guided reading lesson through observation and discussion.
- Explore how to support and expand readers’ ability to think within, beyond and about the text.
- Analyze leveled books to better understand the F & P Text Level Gradient [TM] and how to match books to readers.
- Learn how assessment and running records as well as anecdotal evidence help inform our instruction in guided reading.