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;
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:
• interest factor;
• curriculum topics;
• layout,use of illustrations,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.