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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of February 18th

posted Feb 19, 2018, 11:02 AM by Courtney Richardson

Is the “Next Steps” lesson a formula or a framework? 

A teacher asked me if my lesson plans were a formula she must follow with fidelity or a framework she can tweak. My lesson plans are a framework – but the components of the lesson should be delivered with fidelity. In other words, every guided reading lesson should integrate reading, writing, and word study. Within the structure of the lesson, however, teachers need to make decisions based on formative assessments and observations. The decisions include forming groups, pinpointing a focus, selecting a text, planning the introduction, prompting during reading, teaching after reading, choosing the word study activity, and planning the guided writing response.