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Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Differentiated Instruction for Building Strategic, Independent Readers
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Jennifer Serravallo is literacy consultant and frequent speaker at state and national conferences. She is the author of the new THE READING STRATEGIES BOOK as well as other popular Heinemann titles including TEACHING READING IN SMALL GROUPS (2010), CONFERRING WITH READERS (2007), and THE LITERACY TEACHER'S PLAYBOOK, Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6 (2013, 2012). She is also the author of the Digital Campus Course entitled Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes.
Jen worked for eight years as a staff developer and national consultant at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. In this capacity, she helped urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction through reading and writing workshops. Before that, she was a NYC public school teacher in two Title I schools with large class sizes, high numbers of ELLs, and an enormous range of learners. These experiences galvanized her to write her professional books and to create other professional resources for teachers, including the AEP and REVERE award-winning Independent Reading Assessment for fiction (Scholastic, 2012) and nonfiction (Scholastic, 2013).
Jen holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes on urban education reform and children's literature.
Top Customer Reviews
"Teaching Reading in Small Groups" is about how to form guided reading groups, how to pinpoint your instruction to match your readers' needs, and basically, how to help your kids be better readers. The author spends a good deal of time showing you how to coach kids during guided reading lessons. She is of the mind that your lessons should be brief and to the point, and you should get your kids practicing what you taught them immediately. She is a big believer in teaching kids how to be strategic readers (so am I). Snapshots of her dialogue are presented as exemplars throughout the book. I found these examples to be just right in terms of their depth and relevance. In addition to learning Serravallo's approach to leading comprehension strategy lessons, you also get a great chapter on teaching engagement with reading, tips for improving book clubs at all grade levels, and some useful methods for teaching fluency in small groups. I know that all of this stuff sounds familiar, but no other book that I'm aware of presents this information in such an exemplary way. Serravallo just shines when it comes to showing you HOW to do expert guided reading lessons with small groups and individual readers.Read more ›
-match the individual
-move to independence
-teach explicit strategies
-value time, volume, and variety in reading
-have predictable structures and routines
In the following chapter Serravallo shows various ways to assess engagement, strategies, comprehension and conversation, and how to use the results to group students for instruction. This is the first book I've seen that covers realistic ways to assess engagement and conversation, and they were helpful. This is followed by chapters on teaching each of these points. These chapters are filled with specific examples of student work, charts, and other helpful graphics. The author is never content with merely saying "This is what I do," but always works to help the teacher make the best choices for herself and her students.
Teaching Reading in Small Groups ends with the author's take on small groups and Reading Workshop structure. She recommends Lucy Calkins book, and her ideas follow Calkins' closely. If you've read Calkins but want something shorter and more specific, or if you want an easier introduction to the Reading Workshop, I recommend this book.
A must buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book! I am a literacy coach and this was my second copy! Both are out on loan to new teachers at my school! Read morePublished 3 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
This book just makes sense! How can I impact the students in my class and work with them to ensure they become lifelong readers? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynne Ord-Oraniuk
I got a lot of great tips. But I am fortunate to teach in a non common core school. 😀Published 5 months ago by GABY
The book came with its cover ripped off how can I add that to my professional library when it looks like I can't even handle my booksPublished on October 30, 2013 by Alexandra Gessner
This is a great resource to add to one's library on teaching reading. It is very focused and detailed on how to use on-going assessments for all areas of reading instruction and... Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Amy