What is Guided Reading?
Guided Reading is the method used to teach groups of children to become fluent in reading, decoding and comprehension skills, including inference and deduction. Guided Reading is principally the class teachers’ responsibility and must be planned and evaluated for all children by the class teacher. However other trained adults can also lead guided reading sessions. Guided Reading is supported by a variety of reading scheme books.
This does not however, preclude teachers from planning guided reading sessions around their own choice of text provided the texts chosen are matched to the reading levels of the children.
A best practice model for Guided Reading would be one in which teachers choose to focus upon texts that match the text/genre being studied. A range of genres such as fact, fiction, poetry, newspapers and leaflets should be used.
We believe that guided reading should be an opportunity to teach and develop reading skills in greater depth; an opportunity for modelling, in depth questioning, ideally to include open questions, rich discussion and justifying and evidencing views and opinions.