Program Features and Benefits

 

Comprehensive Scope and Sequence

Why is this helpful?
Provides structure and framework for those teachers just doing Guided Reading.

How does this help students and teachers?
Equitable instructional time; makes sense to organize units as strategies/habits – doing what good teachers do but don't put words/labels to it

 
 

Learning Centered Around: Gradual Release of Responsibility

 

Why is this helpful?
Allows for teachers to Think Aloud correctly in order to model strategy correctly; Empowers students to become accountable for own learning.

How does this help students and teachers?
Helps build better practitioners of reading instruction

 
 

Strategies Become Lifelong Habits

 

Why is this helpful?
Start with strategies and skills then tie them to literature

How does this help students and teachers?
Organizes units that makes sense

 
 

Modes of Differentiated Reading Instruction

 

Why is this helpful?
Provides instructional strategies and groupings that meets the varying needs of learners including ELL

How does this help students and teachers?
Addresses a larger range of individual student needs so that more students meet and exceed their learning goals

 
 

Addresses 5 Elements of Reading

 

Why is this helpful?
Addresses legislative initiatives on what good reading instruction should include

How does this help students and teachers?
Solid skill instruction on phonemic awareness where appropriate, phonics in both Shared and Guided Reading plans, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary

 
 

Connected to Quick Reads and Words Their Way

 

Why is this helpful?
Quick Reads: provides MORE support and activities for nonfiction vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Words Their Way: provides MORE support for word work, spelling, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency

How does this help students and teachers?
Offers additional instruction and materials to further build vocabulary, word study, fluency and ultimately – comprehension

 
 

Linked to DRA2

 

Why is this helpful?
Helps teacher link assessment to instruction with Focus for Instruction and create groups for Guided Reading

How does this help students and teachers?
Allows teachers to tailor instruction to gaps in student knowledge

 
 

Provides Multiple Assessment Opportunities through Assessment Handbook and Assessment Card

 

Why is this helpful?
Handbook provides how-when-what-why in assessment; how to group students; what behaviors to observe in literacy development; student outcomes

How does this help students and teachers?
Gives teachers a true picture or snapshot of each student's literacy development

 
 

Shared Reading has Strong Teacher Language

 

Why is this helpful?
Any teacher can deliver the lesson with the Model Lesson

How does this help students and teachers?
Ensures that all teachers can deliver the lessons, including substitutes and student teachers

 
 

Unlimited Access to Online Database

 

Why is this helpful?
Provides quick, 24-hour access to searchable Guided Reading lesson plans

How does this help students and teachers?
Allows for efficiency in planning and matching instruction to student needs; differentiated instruction created when using database to provide further skill and strategy instruction when needed

 
 

Writing Tied Directly to Reading

 

Why is this helpful?
Research supports lessons that connect reading and writing back to one another

How does this help students and teachers?
Embedded writing activities have students responding to writing; at grades 4-5 Unit Wrap Up includes expended response for state test prep all long the way; separate writing program has students using texts as models for writing

 
 

Award-Winning Trade Books at grades K-3

 

Why is this helpful?
Authentic, beloved texts to use in Shared Reading

How does this help students and teachers?
Gives teachers trade books they have always loved reading to students; award-winning literature

 
 

Poetry Posters packaged separately – not in flip book

 

Why is this helpful?
Teachers can use these around room, in centers

How does this help students and teachers?
Allows for flexibility in use of posters and reuse of posters when needed

 
 

Audio of Shared Reading

 

Why is this helpful?
Builds fluency, vocabulary and comprehension

How does this help students and teachers?
Allows for teachers to use in centers

 
 

Guided Reading Lesson Plans – on cardstock and laminated

 

Why is this helpful?
Will last and cause fewer replacement costs; graphic organizers can be written on with dry erase marker

How does this help students and teachers?
Teachers can reuse plans over and over and can model how to use the graphic organizer