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Guided Reading: Fountas and Pinnell Classroom


Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
Based on their PD resource, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom Guided Reading Collection, Grade 1: Complete Release
Recommended Grade Level: Grades K-2

Guided reading is a powerful small-group instructional context in which a teacher supports each reader's developing system of strategic actions for processing texts at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty. Participants in this seminar will explore how to use guided reading to meet students where they are and lead them forward with intention and responsive teaching. Participants will learn the structure of a lesson and explore how to observe children and teach in response to those observations.

Course Goals

Participants will:

  • Consider the values and characteristics of guided reading
  • Learn the structure of a guided reading lesson
  • Develop an understanding of reading as a complex process
  • Develop an understanding of the systems of strategic actions that are necessary for the reader to think within, beyond and about texts
  • Use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum as a tool to observe, teach for, and support reading behaviors in individual children
  • Explore how to assess and group children into temporary guided reading groups
  • Learn how to plan for effective guided reading lessons
  • Learn how to monitor student progress over time
  • Become familiar with the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Guided Reading Collection of books and lessons.

Resources Needed

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

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


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