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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of October 14th

posted Oct 14, 2018, 8:15 PM by Courtney Richardson
Choose slightly challenging texts- just enough to spark engagement and a “I can read this!” spirit. 

You may have heard that children should be reading easy books in guided reading, but that defeats the whole purpose of the lesson. 
- Children should read easy books during independent reading, when the teacher isn’t available to scaffold them. 
- During guided reading, students should encounter new vocabulary and some words that are tricky to decode so they can deploy a network of strategic actions to construct meaning. 
- I often tell teachers if the book is too easy and there is nothing to teach, you have just wasted 20 minutes of precious instructional time!

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