The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading

An Assess-Decide-Guide Framework for Supporting Every Reader

The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading

An Assess-Decide-Guide Framework for Supporting Every Reader

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Key Features


In this resource-rich book, you'll find:

All the planning and instructional tools you need to teach guided reading well, from pre-A to fluent, organized around Richardson's proven Assess-Decide-Guide framework.

  • Prompts, discussion starters, teaching points, word lists, intervention suggestions, and more to support all students, including dual language learners and struggling readers.
  • 29 comprehension modules that cover essential strategies-monitoring, retelling, inferring, summarizing, and many others.
  • Plus an online resource bank with dozens of downloadable assessment and record-keeping forms, Richardson's all-new, stage-specific lesson plan templates.
  • More than 40 short videos showing Jan modeling key parts of guided reading lessons for every stage.


“The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading is a must for every teacher’s professional library. Jan not only unpacks the complexities of the reading process, but also provides a practical guide for teachers to follow as they implement guided reading.”

—C.C. Bates, Ph.D., Literacy, Language, and Culture, Clemson University


“Reading The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading is like talking with Jan. You get clear, practical, and actionable suggestions for helping children move along a trajectory of growth toward evermore challenging texts.”

—Holly Slaughter, Reading and Language Arts Specialist, Pinellas County Schools, FL


“Our school literacy program has been successful because of the work of Jan Richardson. This book captures her expertise beautifully, not just through words, but also through videos of her demonstrating actual strategies. What a gift for reading teachers of all elementary grades!”

—Jill Levine, Chief Academic Officer, Hamilton County, Chattanooga, TN


"This wonderful book comes at a time when educators sorely need Jan's message of guided reading as a flexible, responsive, student-centered approach to instruction. Jan offers a virtual smorgasbord of suggestions, samples, support structures, and planning tools that maximize the power of guided reading and, thus, the success of learners at any grade level. Jan doesn’t just tell us how to move forward in guided reading—she gives us a framework that ensures more confident, proficient, and independent readers.”

—Mary Howard, Literacy Consultant and Author


About the Author

Jan Richardson Ph.D.
Bestselling author of The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, an educational consultant, and a leading expert in guided reading with experience as a Reading Recovery® teacher leader, a staff developer, and a teacher of every grade—K-12.

Product Details

  • Item #: NTS816111
  • ISBN13: 9781338161113
  • Format: Professional Book
  • Pages: 336
  • Grades: K - 8
  • Funding Type:
    Title II, Part A,
    Title III, Part A

The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading

Professional Book


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