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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of October 3rd

posted Oct 5, 2016, 2:56 PM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Oct 9, 2016, 5:56 PM ]

Prompting Fluent Readers

I got the idea for this tip from some literacy coaches and reading specialists in Pennsylvania who asked how guided reading could be used to meet the needs of their advanced readers. First, select the right text, one that offers some challenge for proficient readers. If the text is too easy, there will be no need to apply strategies such as rereading, asking questions or summarizing. After a brief introduction, have short, individual conferences with each student to clarify confusions and support comprehension. Prompt students to analyze relationships by having them write questions that compare or contrast characters or ideas. Encourage deeper thinking by having the students explain why the author included a specific text feature or used a particular text structure. If you choose the right text and pinpoint an advanced reading strategy, you will help advanced readers become even better readers.