This is an On-Demand Mini-Course presented by Heinemann Online PD. Course access is 365 days from the date of purchase.
Learn to Plan Effective Text Introductions to Support Student Learning in Guided Reading Lessons
This mini-course is comprised of a series of three hands-on, working sessions designed to help you plan effective text introductions for guided reading lessons. Guided reading is an instructional tool that is used to teach students with similar strengths and needs in small group settings. The teacher uses information gathered from individual or group assessments to group students together for guided reading instruction. For this mini-course you will be using The Continuum of Literacy Learning, to help you think about using text introductions to support students’ learning in guided reading lessons.
Session 1 is a review of the structure of a guided reading lesson and the reading process. You will view videos of guided reading lessons, reflect on the parts of the lesson, and notice how the teacher works with students to help them expand their processing of texts and grow as readers. In sessions 2 and 3 you will focus specifically on learning about text introductions. You will go through the steps for planning text introductions as though you were preparing to teach a guided reading lesson. These steps include: selecting and reading a text, analyzing it, and thinking about the supports and challenges it might offer to a group of readers. By walking through these steps several times, you will become familiar with the process, and I hope you will integrate these ideas into the way you prepare for guided reading lessons with your students.
- Review the elements of a guided reading lesson, with a focus on the importance of text introductions
- Review the reading process: thinking within, beyond, and about texts
- Analyze and compare texts to arrange them along a gradient
- Analyze texts to identify supports and challenges
- Select texts and create text introductions to support learning during guided reading lessons
On completion of this course, you will be awarded a certificate for 5 contact hours, or .5 CEUs.
Participants are required to have a copy of The Continuum of Literacy Learning, and a 30% book discount code is provided to Mini-Course students for this text. To receive the 30% discount off our list price, order your book online and enter PDMCBK in the “Add a coupon code” field at checkout. All earlier editions of The Continuum can be referenced for this course and the following new editions are eligible for this Mini-Course book discount program: The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades PreK-8, Second Edition and The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades 3-8, Second Edition.
This course was developed by The Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative (LCRRLC). Those seeking a graduate level online course or Lesley Graduate Certificate (GC) grounded in the work of Fountas and Pinnell are advised to contact the Lesley CRRLC for additional information.