Guided practice is a key component of reading instruction that is too often shortchanged in busy classrooms. Reading experts and veteran teachers Valorie Falco and Rochelle Soloway share their research-based, classroom-tested strategies for filling this instructional gap: interactive read-alouds and shared reading. These engaging whole-class lessons scaffold students’ learning about reading strategies, genre, text structure, text features, and more. Investing time in guided practice pays big dividends in student learning—students experience success and move to independence more quickly. Model lessons, book lists, and management tips give you everything you need to implement these strategies effectively in your classroom!
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What does a reader look like, sound like, act like, think like? This resource unlocks "deep structures"—the tools that proficient readers use to construct a deeper and enduring meaning from a text. As important to the reading process as surface structures—such as decoding, learning high-frequency words, word recognition, and more—deep structures are "invisible" processes that include precise word usage, accessing prior knowledge, and reading for purpose and audience. In the past, these deeper structures were neglected during reading instruction, especially in the younger grades. This resource shows you how to convey these thinking skills, and set students on their way to reading proficiency!