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Seminar ImageShared Reading: Fountas and Pinnell Classroom

Based on the PD resource, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom Shared Reading Collection, Grade 1
Recommended Grade Level: Grades PreK-3


Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

Shared reading is a community experience in which all children look at, read, and discuss the same text together. Through shared reading, children have the opportunity to engage in the reading process with texts that may be beyond their ability to read independently. Participants in this session will explore ways to use shared reading to build community as well as expand children's ability to read and process text. Participants will also learn how to use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum to identify goals to observe and teach for within the shared reading context.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Consider the values of shared reading.
  • Develop an understanding of reading as a complex process.
  • Use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum and the Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide as tools for observing students, identifying teaching goals, and developing an understanding of the characteristics of texts.
  • Learn the components of a shared reading lesson.
  • Learn how to help children establish a strong early reading processing system.
  • Develop an understanding of how teaching in shared reading can "lead" students forward to guided reading.
  • Learn how to analyze texts for possible learning opportunities for students.
  • Learn to teach readers how fiction and nonfiction work (text structure and nonfiction features).
  • Become familiar with the Fountas & Pinnell ClassroomShared Reading Collection of books and lessons.

Resources Needed

  • The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum
  • Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading Collection Guide
  • Books and lessons from Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading Collection

For pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.