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Instructional Strategies for Guided Reading that Enhance Students' Reading Comprehension, Grades 3-6

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Linda Hoyt, an acclaimed expert in the field of reading, and other exceptional classroom teachers demonstrate a variety of teaching strategies that focus students' attention on key concepts, important details, and underlying themes in their reading. Some of the strategies can be used by students in their independent reading; some are designed to help teachers enrich students' encounters with guided reading text. All the strategies deepen children's understanding of what they are reading, helping them build important reading comprehension skills.

This training program is not an overview of the complete guided reading process. Instead, it demonstrates powerful instructional strategies that are ideally suited to guided reading in grades 3-6.

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*Includes a comprehensive video training resource guide

Viewers see the following strategies "in action" with guided reading groups, grades 3-6:

  • Word Sorts actively involve students in categorization and classification and strengthen students' comprehension of both fiction and nonfiction text.
  • Anticipation Guides not only pique students' curiosity before reading, they also help engage children more deeply in the reading process and cause them to think about content in new ways.
  • I Wonder propels children's reflection and discussion out of lower-level recall and into higher levels of thought.
  • Good Reader Strategies help students fully utilize what they know about word structure and context as they problem solve difficult words in their reading.
  • Making It Real underscores the value of including objects, models, and pictures when introducing new concepts and vocabulary to a guided reading group.
  • Key Word Strategy enables children to distill complex content down to critical words and phrases and creates a bridge between reading and summarizing.

Viewers learn how to:

  • empower students as thinkers and readers within the context of guided reading
  • help students read for key concepts and main ideas
  • deepen students' comprehension of complex and sophisticated text
  • strengthen children's ability to find and create connections as they read
  • constructively challenge preconceived ideas about content
  • jump-start students' individual reflections about text before, during and after reading
  • activate prior knowledge in ways that enhance children's reading comprehension
  • build important reading comprehension skills