Two seasoned teachers share their classroom-tested lessons and strategies that build young readers’ stamina so they can read independently for up to 50 minutes, giving them the extensive reading practice all budding readers need. Linda Lee and Mary Haymond take you step-by-step through the process—from creating a community of readers and demonstrating book selection strategies, to teaching fix-up mini-lessons so children know what to do when they get stuck—all the while fostering whole-group sharing and discussion to ensure accountability. Detailed lessons for the first six weeks get you started, and through-the-year follow-up lessons help you keep children on track!
Having clear goals in mind and using a reading workshop to implement the gradual release of responsibility creates the foundation for building an independent reading program. During independent reading time, teachers are busy teaching and students are busy reading. Students have a focus for their reading work. They are reading and showing evidence that they can figure out tricky words, summarize what they are reading, and make wise book choices!