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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of November 18th

posted Nov 19, 2018, 4:37 PM by Courtney Richardson
Take the time to teach ALL of your students to be independent learners so you can teach a guided reading lesson without being interrupted. 

- If you have been teaching reading with whole-class instruction and are just now moving into small group lessons, your number one concern is going to be, “What are the other children doing?” You cannot begin guided reading at any grade level without teaching all students to be independent learners. What is the secret to successful reading workshop? 
- Teach routines and engage students in authentic literacy activities. Obviously, a worksheet isn’t going to work. 
- What works?  Reading and Writing.  Students should read self-select books on their own or with a buddy. 
- They should write. They could extend the writing they are doing in WW or write about books they’ve read or ones the you have read. 
- Connect literacy and content instruction. Children can read and write about the butterflies that are hatching in your room or what causes a volcano to erupt. No matter what grade level, teach students how to work independently or with a partner. Then you are free to teach guided reading!