Supporting Readers

Ways to Grow Readers

Looking for more info to determine goals for students?

This file lists reading behaviors for each reading level.

Now that you have analyzed the data, how can you support readers?

Here are a few avenues:

Whole Group

Mini-lessons- This is a 5-10 minute lesson that is focused on specific strategies that can help target needs of the whole class.

Interactive Read Alouds- This type of reading allows the teacher to model thinking and allow students to develop their comprehension while you are taking on the reading load.

Shared Reading- This type of reading allows the whole class to real aloud a short text, poem, or part of a text for a specific purpose.

Word Work- The study of words and how understanding relationships and patterns can help understand what we read.

Small, Flexible Groups

Guided Reading Groups- This type of group helps students focus on individual reading needs using a book that is just at the edge of their instructional ability to grow them as a reader.

Strategy Groups- This type of group allows students to focus on a particular reading goal and the teacher focuses on that same goal with the whole small group.

Book Clubs- Students read the book on their own and then get together to discuss the book. The focus is on comprehension through authentic conversations.

Individual Support

Conferring- One form is to observe the student's reading and discuss the reading in order to compliment something the child does as a reader and then choose a goal to grow the student. Name the goal, model the goal, then have the child practice the goal before stepping away from the conference.

The following resources can support several modes of instruction.

Accuracy

In this file you will find prompts, conferring ideas and mini lesson resources that can be used across your day. If accuracy is a goal for a student think about their strengths and goals as you determine next steps with these potential resources.

Fluency

You will find prompts, conferring ideas and mini lesson resources that can be used across your day. If fluency is a goal for a student think about their strengths and goals, as you determine next steps. Remember, fluency is not just speed.

Comprehension

You will find prompts, conferring ideas and mini lesson resources that can be used across your day. If comprehension is a goal for a student think about their strengths and goals as you determine next steps with these potential resources.

Wondering what this could look like in action?

Below you will find different types of lessons...all ways to grow students. Know that these are not intended to be perfect lessons but potential examples of ways to support your readers. The ultimate goal is to know your readers and determine the type of support they need. Look as these types of lessons as part of a menu of reading instructional practices.

*Note: Not all types of instruction are shown in these videos. This is just a sampling.

Minilesson

This is a short, targeted 5-10 minute lesson with a very specific objective. Look for her objective as you watch. Think about her moves and how she helped students gain an understanding of the objective.
Second Grade # 3 - Reading Minilesson

Shared Reading

Notice the purpose of her lesson. What were her instructional moves? Were they helpful to student growth?
First Grade # 3 - Shared Reading Experience

Conferring

Pay close attention to the teacher moves and think about what the teacher taught and how did they equip the child to do that work after the conference.
A Reading Conference: Teaching Intertextuality to a Student (5-8)
A Reading Conference: Assessment-Based Responsive Teaching to Support Comprehension ( K-2 )

Small Group

Think about the purpose of this lesson. Did she accomplish the goal? How do you know?
Comparing and Contrasting Fairy Tales (K-2)

Book Club

How did this discussion allow them to dig deeper into the meaning of the text? How do you think the teacher got them to this level of discussion?

Interactive Read Aloud

This type of reading allows the teacher to do the heavy lifting of reading the text and allows students to engage in thinking more deeply about the text. What her moves and think about how students are growing as readers during each lesson.
Bringing Close Reading and Text-Based Questions into an Interactive Read Aloud of Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (K-2)
Bringing Close Reading and Accountable Talk into an Interactive Read Aloud of Gorillas (3-5)
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