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School District of Fort Atkinson

201 Park St.

Fort Atkinson, WI 53589

(920) 563-7800

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Grades 3-5 Nonfiction Guided Reading Core Text Team - HARD AT WORK!

In response to the changes with text complexity benchmarks and the rigor of the Common Core State Standards, we are committed to teaching from high-quality text to facilitate purposeful guided reading instruction to accelerate students' reading achievement.  To help us accomplish this, the district recently purchased 40 new titles of nonfiction texts to be used by readers in Grades 3-5 and will be available in every book room in each of the four elementary buildings.

To enhance instruction with these texts, a group of educators volunteered to serve on a curriculum team to develop guided reading planners.  These planners align with our guided reading instructional framework and help to scaffold and ease the process of planning.  This way teachers can spend more time reflecting on formative data and select pertinent teaching points that are responsive to students' needs as readers.   When creating the planners, teachers used three Fountas & Pinnell resources to guide their work: the Continuum for Literacy Learning, Prompting Guide 2 for Comprehension, and the Nonfiction Prompting Guide.  Each guided reading planner includes the following features:
  • text level
  • genre, theme, text structure and language/literacy features to highlight and provide scaffolds as needed
  • 100-word count for running records
  • a summary/gist of the text
  • vocabulary to preview
  • 3 more possible teaching points for within, about, and beyond the text linked to Common Core State Standards
  • 3 writing prompts for phase 2 / day 2 
Special thanks to Jennifer Soehner, Barb Martin, Lindsey Carey, Holly Andrews, Denise Engstrom, Bobbi Recob, Lucas Springstroh, Ashley Stevens, Melissa Zwiebel, and Candice Johnson for serving on this curriculum team.  Special thanks also to Corey Fritsch from the district technology department for creating a special database to write and store the planners.  The new database will be unveiled to staff at the beginning of next school year and will provide teachers with the ability to search for texts and literacy planners based on teaching points, genres, or text levels.  Many exciting things continue to happen with literacy and CLM in Fort Atkinson!

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