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Fountas & Pinnell Mini-Courses

Explore the foundational ideas behind Fountas and Pinnell's groundbreaking work in this collection of self-paced mini-courses.

This collection of mini-courses is developed by The Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative (CRRLC) in conjunction with Heinemann Professional Learning. Educators and students interested in deepening their experience with Fountas and Pinnell resources may choose to take these Heinemann Mini-Courses as a sampling of possibilities for further study. 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.

Reflecting on Texts Through Drawing and Writing (Grades K-8)

  • Learn about the Writing About Reading Continuum section of The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum
  • Examine instructional contexts that provide different levels of support for responding to reading: modeled, shared, interactive, and independent writing
  • Discover how students use a reader’s notebook to keep a record of reading and reflection
  • Assess students as readers and make decisions about how to reinforce, prompt, or teach to extend their learning

Tuition: $49.95 per participant / Group discounts are available

The F&P Text Level Gradient™: Using Fountas & Pinnell Resources to Match Books to Readers (Grades K-8)

  • Learn the rationale behind The F&P Text Level Gradient™
  • Become familiar with the ten factors related to text complexity
  • Analyze and compare texts to arrange them along a gradient
  • Look at the characteristics of readers and consider what supports and challenges texts at different levels might present to them
  • Consider the characteristics of a text that might be supportive as well as challenging for a particular group of readers

Tuition: $49.95 per participant / Group discounts are available

Introducing Texts Effectively in Guided Reading Lessons (Grades K-8)

  • 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 texts to identify supports and challenges
  • Select texts and create text introductions to support learning during guided reading lessons

Tuition: $49.95 per participant / Group discounts are available

Thinking and Talking About Books Across the Day: Creating a Community of Readers (Grades K-8)

  • Explore two instructional contexts within which teachers model and provide opportunities for text talk
  • Identify reading behaviors exhibited by students as they talk about texts
  • Discuss the importance of supporting the listening and discussion skills described in The Continuum of Literacy Learning across the school day
  • Examine prompts that will support students' conversations

Tuition: $49.95 per participant / Group discounts are available