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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of November 19th

posted Nov 20, 2017, 6:17 AM by Courtney Richardson
Follow the Jan Plan

In my work as a “Next Steps” guided reading consultant, I support districts and schools in various states. I have found the best results are achieved when students receive guided reading on a daily basis and their teachers methodically follow “The Jan Plan.” Students are instructed not only in reading strategies and behaviors, but they are also taught appropriate word study, sight words, and guided writing. 
It is helpful if below-level students receive two daily doses of guided reading. For the past several years, I’ve been working with a rural Tennessee school with 75% of students coming into kindergarten already labeled “at-risk.” Last year the students did the tracing of the alphabet book and received two Pre-A lessons per day. At the end of the year, ALL - yes, 100% of the students who came into kindergarten labeled “at-risk” went to 1st grade reading on grade level!
At a school in Wisconsin, we gave struggling readers two guided reading lessons per day. One was taught by the classroom teacher and the other by an interventionist, special education teacher or ELL teacher. After one year of double-dosing “The Jan Plan,” the school reduced their special education referral rates in K-2 from 7-8% to 1.37%.
If you have a student who is not able to be seen by an interventionist, Reading Recover teacher, or a Title 1 teacher for a second daily dose of reading instruction, utilize the 10-minute one-on- one lesson plan found on page 102 of Jan’s book. The school in Wisconsin (referenced above) didn’t have enough Reading Recovery slots for every student who needed intervention, so the classroom teacher gave those students a one-on- one 10-minute lesson in addition to daily, small-group guided reading lessons. Many of the students accelerated to grade level proficiency with the additional 10-minute lesson and did not need additional intervention!
Undoubtedly, following “The Jan Plan” and giving students two doses of daily guided reading lessons can help students reach grade-level proficiency in reading and close their learning gaps!

Written by: Julie Allsworth, Next Steps Guided Reading Consultant,