Help me give my students leveled guided reading books to provide the appropriate amount of challenge for readers in guided reading groups. This will provide me the key to deliver the targeted, differentiated instruction that my students need.
My Kindergarten/First grade class consists of 98% poverty students and English Language Learners (ELL). They are excited about coming to school and their new learning each day.
My class consist of twenty exceptional scholars from high poverty homes, attending a Title I school in Chicago’s Englewood Community.
Although my children are disadvantaged, they press their way to class every day, ready to learn and are a great inspiration. In return I believe these super scholars deserve an awesome educator, the best materials and resources to learn from, to allow them the richest instruction and opportunities for their future.
My students have developed a new excitement for books throughout the year as they have been learning to read. These scholars have become inquisitive, voracious readers who are craving to discover the newest adventures in their favorite books as well as learning new words as they read. As a Kindergarten teacher in an impoverished urban area my classroom is the only resource that many students have to access materials at their reading levels, therefore I believe that it's essential for all scholars to have access to books at the appropriate reading levels allowing continued success.
While one of the most important reasons for using leveled texts will be to support Guided Reading in my classroom, the use of leveled texts will also assists me to select supportive material for Reading Aloud, Shared Reading, and Independent Reading. By using texts appropriate for my scholars that are within each child’s capabilities, I will have the opportunity to focus on teaching for problem solving, teaching for phrasing and fluency, rate and expression, drawing on and extending oral language, helping the children to hear and use the language and language structures of the text and creating opportunities for children to predict. While it is my responsibility for progressing my students through the text levels and up into more difficult material, it is also important to for me allow them access to a wide range of text types.
It is vital that children have access to appropriate level texts for independent reading in order to develop their reading skills and abilities.
Research has shown that children who have the opportunity to return to re-read a wide range of familiar material are able to practice putting together the complex reading behaviors they are learning to use, and they also learn to read with more independence.
I would like to continue my students’ motivation to read by allowing them the opportunity to self-select reading material that is appropriate for their independent reading levels. Just the right book that is interesting to them.
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