English Language Learners: Supporting Comprehension During Literacy Intervention

As mentioned in my previous post, when planning reading intervention lessons for English Language Learners (ELLs) deep analysis of their running records is required to examine language-related errors versus literacy-related errors.  Noticing and understanding language-related errors helps teachers scaffold their teaching in order to support students with building their oral vocabulary and expanding their knowledge …

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Supporting the Literacy Needs of English Language Learners

Up until the past few years, I have had limited experiences working with English Language Learners (ELLs) in the classroom and no experience working with them as a reading interventionist.  As I began to work with ELLs to provide their reading intervention I  realized that their profile was different from what I typically saw with …

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Don’t Teach Strategies: Searching, Self-correcting & Confirming (part 2)

In part 1 we explored the idea of teaching strategies versus teaching for strategic activity and looked closely at self-monitoring and cross-checking.  In part 2 we will continue to explore the notion of helping our students build an effective processing system. "Decision processes that happen in the head" will serve as my overly simplified definition of …

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Running Records: Frequently Asked Questions

While browsing through various literacy Facebook Groups I have noticed similar questions asked about running records.   I started gathering questions so that I could eventually address them all in one post. The answers I have provided come from my trusted sources: Marie Clay (the creator of running records) and Fountas & Pinnell (who provide us …

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Teaching for Comprehending During Guided Reading

Here is some food for thought, “Comprehending is an active, meaning-making process, not simply an isolated outcome or product after reading” (Fountas & Pinnell, 2017, p. 469). It is important that we do not fall into the trap of asking a list of questions after a child reads a book and think that is sufficient …

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Tips for Improving Guided Reading Lessons

Guided reading is an important component of a balanced literacy framework.  The other components consist of shared reading, interactive read aloud, book clubs, reading mini-lessons, and independent reading with reading conferences.   Powerful reading instruction should be offered in a variety of settings and provide students with multiple opportunities to engage in high-quality texts.  There should …

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Self-Monitoring: Who’s Finding the Errors?

Students who are reading below grade level commonly struggle with self-monitoring their own reading.  They read along not cross-checking one type of information against another and are oblivious to the errors they have made. It is essential that we teach for self-monitoring to help students notice their incorrect responses starting with the very earliest levels. …

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LLI: How to use the Literacy Continuum for Power Planning

If you don't have access to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum: A Tool for Assessment, Planning and Teaching K-8 I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy.  My Literacy Continuum is an invaluable resource that I use for planning daily.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on the expanded edition when my school …

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