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Strategic Reading Groups

Strategic Reading Groups
Guiding Readers in the Middle Grades

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December 2012 | 136 pages | Corwin
Guided reading: An effective model for the middle grades''''Strategic grouping can transform reading instruction in the middle ''grades from a hit-or-miss learning experience to a targeted, responsive ''one. This book features a practical and field-tested model for small ''group differentiated reading instruction in Grades 4û8. The authors ''offer a clear, detailed discussion of how to position this instruction ''inside middle school language arts or reading classrooms, and simple, ''effective strategies for classroom management, groupings, and ''assessment. The authors explain how to:á ''Balance brief strategic reading lessons with whole-class workStructure and guide reading groups consistentlyAssess students before and during reading groupsCue students and gauge understanding as they read''Differentiating instruction is not the flavor of the month in education;'' rather, it is the essential orientation for maximizing student success.'' Strategic Reading Groups gives teachers the tools they need to ''differentiate reading instruction in the critical middle years, as ''students begin to read more complex, content-filled narrative and ''informative texts.
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Foreword by Donna Ogle
About the Authors
1. Introduction
2. Fitting Strategic Reading Groups Into the Middle School Literacy Block
3. A Detailed Look at Strategic Reading Groups
4. Listening to Fluent Readers
5. Teacher Cueing During Informational Text Reading
6. Teacher Cueing During Narrative Text Reading
7. Materials for Strategic Reading Groups
8. Assessment Prior to and During Strategic Reading Groups
9. Managing the Rest of the Class During Strategic Reading Groups


“This is an excellent study of a heretofore under-used strategy for improving reading instruction in the middle grades. The writing is honest, accessible, and engaging. The content is authoritative, relevant, and detailed. I intend to acquire a copy for every teacher on my team.”

Joseph Staub, Resource Specialist Teacher
Thomas Starr King Middle School, Los Angeles, CA

"As general education teachers are being tasked with making sure all students are reaching standards, the step-by-step guide provided in this book makes providing one-on-one reading support to each student a reality."

Michelle Strom, Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Fort Riley Middle School, Fort Riley, KS

"This book clearly defines how teachers of all content areas can benefit from using Strategic Reading Groups in their classes."

David Callaway, Seventh-Grade Social Studies Teacher
Rocky Heights Middle School, Highlands Ranch, CO

"The contents of this book provide useful information for an area in dire need of attention at the middle school level."

Rachel Hanson, i3 ELA Content Specialist
Forsyth County Board of Education, Cumming, GA

Jennifer I. Berne

Jennifer Berne, PhD is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Reading and Language at National Louis University. Dr. Berne teaches courses in the teaching of writing and the teaching of comprehension. She is also an active staff developer, working in K-12 classrooms in implementing best practices in contemporary reading and writing. More About Author

Sophie C. Degener

Sophie Degener, EdD is an assistant professor in the reading and language department at National Louis University, where she teaches literacy methods to pre-service teachers as well as courses in beginning reading and reading research. She works with many school districts around the Chicago area on the topics of balanced literacy and differentiated instruction. More About Author

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