Components of Guided Reading Lessons

Use the title, illustrations, graphics, bold print or other text features to make connections to the topic/concept and to access background knowledge.

Debugging the Text
Review unknown or difficult words, text features or challenges in the text prior to reading. Unknown vocabulary should be decoded and discussed using students’ processing print skills.

Silent Reading
Silently, students read the previewed text. The teacher observes the students’ reading process and assists as necessary. During this time, the teachers selectively interviews individual students, focusing on their strategy use.

Fluency Check
While students are reading silently the teacher asks individual students to read aloud so that the teacher can check the student’s ability to process print at this level.

Discussion: Strategies/Concepts
The group discusses how they read the text selection, what strategies they used and the key concepts in the text.


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