RSS Literacy Framework

Focus on guided reading

Components of Balanced Literacy

Guided Reading: The teacher introduces material at students' instructional level.

Shared Reading: The teachers and students read preselected text together.

Interactive Read Aloud: The teacher reads a preselected text to students.

Independent Reading: Students read a text of their choice, on their independent level.

5 Components of reading instruction

Phonemic Awareness – the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words.

Phonics – the understanding that there is a predictable relationship between sounds and letters; the ability to map sounds into letters and recognize common patterns.

Fluency – the ability to read with accuracy, and with the appropriate rate, expression, and phrasing.

Vocabulary – the knowledge of words, their definitions, and context; refers to words individuals use to communicate effectively when speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Comprehension – the understanding of meaning in text; making meaning what we read- the reason for reading– finding and constructing meaning in text.

The Literacy Coach

Mrs. Cline

How does the literacy coach support all teachers?

  • Provide individualized, classroom-based coaching to assist with aligning your teaching to appropriate standards, curriculum, and assessments
  • Observe in every classroom once per month and provide constructive feedback within three days of observation
  • Conduct model lessons in classrooms (when you request this), with a post conference within three days to discuss best practices
  • Accompany you as you observe other teachers and discuss best practices observed
  • Provide professional development to help develop instructional practices

Knollwood Student Reading Achievement Data

Reading Percent Proficient as measured by 2013-2014 EOG

Knollwood District Difference

3rd Grade 41.12% 52.67% -11.5%

4th Grade 30% 47.74% -17.74%

5th Grade 34.07% 47.24% -13.17%

Reading 3D


Guided Reading

What is guided reading?

  • Write your ideas on a sticky note
  • Discuss with your table
  • Group "like" ideas

"Guided reading is a highly effective form of small-group instruction. Based on assessment, the teacher brings together a group of readers who are similar enough in their reading development that they can be taught together. They read independently at about the same level and can take on a new text selected by the teacher that is just a little more challenging. The teacher supports the reading in a way that enables students to read more challenging text with effective processing" (Fountas and Pinnell, The Continuum of Literacy Learning, p 239).

The Literacy Framework Requires us to focus on 6 components of guided reading. These will be the areas we develop during PD and in meetings with the literacy coach.




Lesson Framework

Text Selection

Before/After reading texts

District's expectations for guided reading

Let's talk about your guided reading space!

Operation Get Started- The first thing we need to work on is our space. Within two weeks, your area needs to be ready. Please see indicators to determine if your space is matched with the district expectations.

Guided Reading Self Assessment

The last thing you are going to do is self-assess your current level of guided reading implementation. Your self assessment will be used to help plan professional development that will support and develop your guided reading practices.


Please leave any questions, concerns, or feedback you have about our meeting today.