What is Guided Reading &
During this reading strategy, students' comprehension of a
selection is guided and developed by teacher questions. The focus is on the use of context to predict meaning. As students gain practice and confidence in using this strategy, the teacher will
monitor or confer with small groups or individual readers.
What is its purpose?
- to enable students to establish and verbalize purposes for
- to develop students' story sense (story sequence or story
grammar), and the practice of monitoring for meaning while reading
- to encourage students to use past experiences, their
knowledge of language and context clues to aid comprehension
- to develop independent reading skills
How can I do it?
- Reading Narrative Text:
- Have students predict story contents using the title and
cover illustration or information.
- List and display predictions (a story grid or outline as
described in story grammar may be useful to organize ideas and story elements).
- Read, or have students read, introductory pages.
- Ask students for their perceptions of what has occurred and
what will follow.
- Continue to read portions of the text, stopping to compare
and verify predictions.
- Record students' inferences and predictions for the story
Complete the selection.
- Compare students' predictions to story events.
- Relate the story to students' personal experiences and to
- Reading Expository Text:
- Prior to reading, list or make a webbing of what students
know about the topic.
- Brainstorm and list questions students have about the topic.
- Have students view the resource to identify possible clues to
- Focus students' attention on the table of contents,
illustrations, headings and sub-headings.
- Encourage students to predict the content.
- Read, or have students read, portions of the
- Have students recall significant details.
- Compare students' predictions to the information contained in
- Add new ideas and understandings to students' initial list or
How can I adapt it?
- Students could write their own story endings using the list
of predicted conclusions.
- Students could use a self-directed reading and thinking
strategy during independent reading.
- Guided reading and thinking can be incorporated with:
Assessment & Evaluation
- Use reading conferences to assess students' application of
this strategy during independent reading.
- Assess students' abilities to comprehend narrative and
- Saskatoon Public Schools,
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