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I have come to realize that "guided reading" means different things in different school districts. At the school district where I taught for the past 16 years, there were very "rigid" expectations for how guided reading lessons were to be taught, and very little "wiggle room" was allowed.
We had to write very detailed lesson plans based on Fountas & Pinnell's beliefs of how guided reading should be taught. Each lesson plan written had to include the learning target, introduction (which included introducing vocabulary), reading the text, and discussing the text (with higher level questions). The lesson itself also had to include a minilesson based on what I observed when I listened to students read during the lesson.
Let me tell you, I spent hours upon hours writing these detailed plans each week- especially during my two-year tenure as a half-time reading teacher, when I worked with 8 guided reading small groups each morning. I worked with fourth and fifth grade groups who were reading primarily chapter books. I loved reading the books, but it was nearly impossible trying to keep ahead of eight groups of eager readers!
Needless to say, the lesson plans I labored over are now sitting here on my computer "gathering dust", so to speak. I realize that guided reading plans are highly individual, based on your district's expectations, the students you are writing the plans for, and your own unique style. Still, I decided to start by posting just one of my lesson plans here on my blog, just in case there is even one fellow teacher out there who can actually benefit from having this 9-day lesson plan! Maybe, if nothing else, it will give you some question ideas for the various chapters.
Download the PDF version here, if you wish!
|Click HERE to download the Word version.|
Please let me know if this was helpful to you. That will help me decide whether I should post more of my plans that are "gathering dust".
(If you'd like to see the other free guided reading lesson plans I have available, click on the links below.)
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great (Level R)
Shiloh (Level R)
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? (Level P)
Flat Stanley (Level M)
The Get Rich Quick Club (Level U)