Saturday, January 19, 2013

Guided Reading Update: Good Readers statements

You know when you notice your kids do weird stuff when they read to you? But then you're not always sure what to do about it?

Yeah, that's a common problem.

Here's another problem:
Sometimes, at the beginning of a lesson, we say, "Today we're going to practice making predictions". And the kid looks at you like, "Well, that's great." 

Then you say, "So let's look at the cover. What do you predict will happen in this book?" and the kid goes, "I don't know. I don't know how to make predictions. You might want to explain this a little more thoroughly if you actually expect me to do it."

Ok, so kids don't actually tell us that. They usually give us a blank stare or something. But that's the truth, right? We ask kids to do this stuff without explicitly stating how to do it.

That's why I created my "Good Readers" statements. They are written to explicitly but briefly introduce the strategy we want kids to use. I wrote statements for comprehension and decoding strategies. And guess what? You can download them for free! Just head over to my TpT store and download it as part of the Rolling Out Guided Reading Freebie.

Here's a little pointer about creating a Good Readers statement to use as a strategy focus during guided reading:
    • For example: Good readers make inferences.
    • This statement doesn’t tell the student what to do or how to do it.
    • Good readers read closely for evidence about characters and think about what it means.
    • This statement includes a specific directions for the student to complete.
You can get the "Good Readers" statements as a part of a free download! Just enter your email address below to get freebies and tips for guided reading.

and for the complete set, including these tools and more, check out my new Rolling Out Guided Reading Pack at TPT! Over 100 pages of planning and instructional tools, organizational tips and binder resources for Guided Reading! (It even includes editable pages for you to work with on your computer!)

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  1. Wow...these are really great! Thanks for sharing them.

    Craft of Teaching

  2. Hi Chrissy were you ever able to put the Good Reader Statements into a document that we could download? Great organization, I can see this being VERY helpful for our Paras. Barb or Thanksa bunch! :)

  3. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing it! I am getting ready to do a tranining on using the reading comprehension strategies and these Good Reader tips are going to be so helpful!

    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

  4. This freebie is great! Thank you! Do you have a "Good Readers Statement" page for fluency?


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