What does it take to make all of our students at 13th Avenue/ Dr. MLK Renew School great readers—especially now that the Common Core State Standards define reading at a higher degree of rigor than ever before? We need effective reading instruction- Guided Reading. Guided reading is small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency. At our school teachers use a tightly structured framework that allows for the incorporation of several research-based approaches into a coordinated whole. For the student, the guided reading lesson means reading and talking (and sometimes writing) about an interesting and engaging variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. For the teacher, guided reading means taking the opportunity for careful text selection and intentional and intensive teaching of systems of strategic activity for proficient reading.
After implementing the DRA assessment to determine their strengths and needs, students are grouped for efficient reading instruction. While individuals always vary, the students in the group are alike enough that they can be effectively taught in a group. Texts are selected from a collection arranged along a gradient of difficulty. The teacher selects a text that students will be able to process successfully with instruction. We, at 13th Avenue/Dr. MLK Renew School, believe that daily and effective guided reading instruction will ultimately improve our students’ level of reading while also increasing their love for it.