Guided Reading

  • Guided Reading

    What is Guided Reading?

    Guided reading is a teaching approach designed to help readers build effective systems for processing a variety of texts over time.  Using benchmark assessments or other systematic observation, the teacher determines the approximate instructional reading level of each student, and groups them with students with similar learning needs.  The teacher thinks  about the strengths, needs and background knowledge of the group, analyzes the individual text for opportunities to support students successful engagement with meaning, language and print of the text.  The teacher uses the text to help students expand what they know as readers. (Fountas & Pinnell 2007)

    In Guided Reading, small group instruction occurs.  Students read at their "instructional level" with support from their  teacher.  It is an opportunity for teachers to work on particular strategies and skills with all of the students in the group or address individual  reading behaviors while the teacher listens to the student read.  

    Contrary to "Round Robin" reading groups, students do not take turns reading aloud in a circle, one after another.  Rather, the students read, uninterrupted text and the teacher takes turns listening, prompting and supporting their reading. 

    Click here for an example of what Guided Reading looks and sound like in the classroom.