Guided Reading vs Shared Reading
The primary difference between shared and guided reading is the level of support. With shared reading, I read the text with the students. I use shared reading with the Pre-A lesson format, because the students don’t know many letters and sounds and few, if any, words. I also use shared reading for whole-group instruction. I read the text aloud as students follow along on the smart board or with individual copies. During guided reading, however, I don’t read the text with the students, even at the emergent levels. I want students to encounter some challenges so I can help them develop a network of strategic actions.
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