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The Ultimate Guided Reading How-To Book
Building Literacy Through Small-Group Instruction

Second Edition


March 2009 | 120 pages | Corwin

"A solid resource to help teachers understand the basic foundation for literacy development through guided reading in the primary grades."
—Patti Ulshafer, First-Grade Teacher
Wilson Borough Elementary School, Easton, PA

"The author provides an easy-to-follow guide that reinforces the need for teachers to adjust degrees of difficulty so that all learners advance through a balance of instructional challenges and supports."
—Mary Ann Poparad, Reading Faculty
National-Louis University

Teach students how to use specific strategies for reading success!

Children develop reading skills at different rates. Guided reading allows teachers to work with children in small groups and target instruction to their specific needs and strengths. Literacy expert Gail Saunders-Smith provides the latest research on how children learn to read and offers detailed information on how to create an optimal literacy environment.

Ideal for teachers of pre-readers and emergent readers, The Ultimate Guided Reading How-To Book demonstrates how to develop successful readers through step-by-step, small-group reading instruction that focuses on vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. The second edition provides updated strategies for students and teachers, covers note-taking and study skills, and demonstrates how to introduce a new book to a group, encourage group dialogue, and help students apply new learning to other academic activities. Teachers will discover critical techniques for:

  • Getting to know students as readers
  • Making the most of group instruction time
  • Organizing groups by readiness levels
  • Selecting texts appropriate for the abilities of the students in each group

Help students become independent readers with these strategies for use before, during, and after guided reading!

 
Preface to the Second Edition
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Part I. Foundations
 
1. How Learning Happens
 
2. The Continuum of Development
 
3. The Reading Process
 
Part II. Techniques
 
4. Teacher Talk
 
5. Grouping Schemes
 
6. Analyzing Texts
 
Part III. Putting It All Together
 
7. Before Guided Reading
 
8. Guided Reading
 
9. After Guided Reading
 
Glossary
 
Resource List
 
Bibliography

"Blends theory, research, and practical application for first-year teachers or those new to the guided reading concept.”

Deb Bible, Literacy Teacher
CUSD 300, West Dundee, IL

"A solid resource to help teachers understand the basic foundation for literacy development through guided reading in the primary grades.”

Patti Ulshafer, First-Grade Teacher
Wilson Borough Elementary School, Easton, PA

“With increasing demands for differentiated instruction, this resource provides reading teachers with a practical guide to precision in teaching. Looking forward from her most recent practice with children and their teachers, the author provides an easy-to-follow guide that reinforces the need for teachers to monitor their own progress in adjusting degrees of difficulty so that all learners advance through a balance of instructional challenges and supports."

Mary Ann Poparad, Reading Faculty
National-Louis University

"What a resource! It is a reading specialist’s dream to use with when working with teachers. Thank you, Gail, for sharing all of your expertise! You make learning to teach reading so doable and enjoyable!"

Barbara Burns-Lacey, Reading Specialist and Staff Developer
General Nash Elementary School, Lansdale, PA

Sample Materials & Chapters

Smith_Guided_Reading_2e_Introduction

Smith_Guided_Reading_2e_Chapter 1


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ISBN: 9781412970563