This Guided Reading Resource Corner with Irene Fountas and faculty provides information on implementing Guided Reading.
Guided Reading is a teaching context in which teachers work with small groups of students reading at similar instructional levels, providing them with problem-solving support with level-appropriate texts. First developed by educators in New Zealand in the 1960's, Guided Reading came to this country where educators including Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, developed it further over time.
Guided reading varies slightly depending on the grade and the reading level of each group, but there are essential components that support all successful guided reading lessons:
Since Gay Su Pinnell and I published our first book on guided reading, more and more schools have been including guided reading as an important part of high-quality literacy education (Fountas and Pinnell, 2013, p. 268). In our latest article, "Guided Reading: The Romance and the Reality," published in the Reading Teacher (Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013), we identify "three big areas that offer new learning in the refinement of teaching in guided reading lessons, bringing together the romance in guided reading with the reality of its depth" (p. 272–278).
Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. (1996). Guided reading: Good first teaching for all children. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann.
Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G. (2001). Guiding readers and writers: Teaching comprehension, genre, and content literacy. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann.
Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. (2006). Teaching for comprehending and fluency: Thinking, talking, and writing about reading. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann.
Pinnell, G.S. & Fountas, I.C. (2011). The continuum of literacy learning, grades preK–8: A guide to teaching. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann.
Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. (2013). Guided reading: The romance and the reality. Reading Teacher, 66 (4), p. 268–284.
Guided Reading in a Primary Classroom
Guided Reading in an Intermediate or Middle Classroom
Research and Outcomes
Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative
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With publication of a second edition of the seminal Fountas and Pinnell text come new insights into Guided Reading. Fountas and Pinnell are presenting a pre-conference workshop, "Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of Guided Reading: Elevating Teacher Expertise in Differentiated Instruction," at the 2016 Literacy for All Conference in October, which is hosted by Lesley University. Click here to read more.