AHA Moment: Guided Reading
When I was in 4th grade, I was introduced to a book in my guided reading book that ended up becoming one of my favorite books: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, one of my favorite authors. I remember it being a book that was easy enough for me to not lose interest in, but hard enough to offer a challenge for me. I think this is the balance that guided reading books need to find.
What I Will Use In My Teaching: Interactive Read Alouds
Something that really stood out to me in the story was Mr. Falker's reaction to the class laughing at Trisha. I think him asking the students "Are all of you so perfect that you can look at another person and find fault with her?" was something that the students really needed to hear. Sometimes people need to understand a situation in a different perspective, and Mr. Falker made sure they did.
I am Trisha
I wonder how much fun it will be to read.
I hear people around me sounding out words.
I see them reading.
I want to learn how to read.
I am confused by the jumbled letters I see when I try to read.
I pretend I know how to read when the teacher calls on me.
I feel dumb because all my classmates can read now.
I touch the pages of the books and wonder why I can't read their words.
I worry I will never learn to read.
I cry when the other kids make fun of me.
I am dumb.
I understand that I see words and numbers differently than everyone else.
I say the words that I make with the blocks after school.
I dream that one day I will be able to read.
I try to work hard at sound out letters.
I hope soon I will be able to read sentences.
I am reading whole paragraphs!
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
- Give students the graphic organizer before reading the story so they can know what to look for.
- Discuss each event in the story as we read it.
- Give students time to write a summary of the event during the reading.
- Discuss strong "feeling" words that can be used.