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Intro to Guided Reading:

A Guide to Small Group Literacy Instruction

Course Number:

MT133

PD Hours:

12 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

ELA, Reading/Writing, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(12 Hours) Participants in this course will learn about foundational reading skills and how they build upon one another, as well as understanding their relationship to a student’s reading level. The training will cover the background and main components of guided reading, as well as how to plan for a guided reading group. Participants will be provided with a variety of strategy ideas and resources they can implement immediately with their small groups.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn How to Assess Your Students’ Reading Level

  • Learn How to Build Reading Groups Based On Student Reading Level for Effective Reading Instruction

  • Step-By-Step Instructions On How to Use Common Tools and Assessment Methods to Assess Your Student’s Reading

Resources Included

Course includes 18 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Course Sections What You Will Learn

Understanding reading-level expectations for students and how to push students toward higher reading levels is a critical component of reading instruction. Guided reading allows teachers to support students in reading by expanding their ability within and beyond the texts. Participants in this course will learn about foundational reading skills and how they build upon one another, as well as understanding their relationship to a student’s reading level. The training will cover the background and main components of guided reading, as well as how to plan for a guided reading group. Participants will be provided with a variety of strategy ideas and resources they can implement immediately with their small groups.

You Will Learn:

  • Understand the difference between reading levels and Lexile levels and how you can use these levels to group students
  • Strategies to use guided reading groups for emergent and early readers (pre-kindergarten through first grade)
  • Strategies to use in guided reading groups for transitional and fluent readers (second grade and up)
  • How to analyze assessment data and use the information collected to guide your instruction
  • How to utilize a variety of tools, graphic organizers, and lesson plan templates to design an effective guided reading lesson

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

Once I have determined how to group my students into guided reading groups based on ability levels, what specific strategies can I use to ensure that they progress in their reading skills?


Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 12 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
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  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
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Course Sections Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – Understanding Reading Levels

Section 2 – Guided Reading Background & Principles

Section 3 – Guided Reading Strategies for Emergent & Early Readers

Section 4 – Guided Reading Strategies for Transitional & Fluent Readers

Section 5 – Using Assessments

Section 6 – Putting It All Together

Section 7 – Applying What You Have Learned


Resources Included Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 18 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!

These Include:

  • Character Feelings
  • Compare Contrast Venn Diagram
  • Comprehension Assessment Retelling Questions
  • DRA Comprehension Assessment Discussion Rubric
  • DRA Comprehension Assessment FICTION Retelling Rubric
  • DRA Comprehension Assessment NONFICTION Retelling Rubric
  • Lexile® Conversion Chart
  • Figurative Language Graphic Organizer
  • Guided Reading Group Lesson Plan Template
  • Fountas and Pinnell Reading Behaviors
  • Head Heart Hands and Feet Character Development
  • High Frequency Word Checklist
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Setting Reading Groups Tool
  • Story Map for Early Readers
  • Story Map for Fluent Readers
  • Strategy Plan Template
  • Three Ps Planning

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