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Guided reading

Guided Reading

This is an approach which enables the teacher to support a small group of children in talking, reading and thinking their way purposefully through an unfamiliar text.

During guided reading children should consolidate the learning from previous experiences: modelled, shared and group emergent sessions.

Why Guided Reading?

To help children:

  • use independent reading strategies successfully;

  • actively problem solve challenges in the text;d

  • develop positive attitudes;

  • take risks in a safe, supportive environment;

  • support each other and work collaboratively;

  • develop their understanding of the text;

  • explore themes and ideas,making connections with own experiences;

  • understand the purpose of the text;

  • explore the language and features of texts. 

    Selecting a text

    Texts should be selected to provide opportunities to focus on the planned learning outcome(s), keeping in mind:

    • interestfactor;
    • curriculumtopics;
    • layout,useofillustrations,etc.

    All selected texts need to be at an appropriate level for the readers. Texts should be at instructional level, 5–10 errors per 100 words (90% –95% accuracy).

    Remember: one error in every ten words means that the text is too difficult.