Strategic Reading Groups: Guiding Readers in the Middle Grades

Strategic Reading Groups: Guiding Readers in the Middle Grades

by Jennifer I. Berne, Sophie C. Degener
     
 

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Differentiated reading instruction: An effective model for the middle grades

Strategic grouping can transform reading instruction in the middle grades from a hit-or-miss learning experience to a targeted, responsive one. This book features a practical and field-tested model for small-group differentiated reading instruction in Grades 4–8. The authors

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Differentiated reading instruction: An effective model for the middle grades

Strategic grouping can transform reading instruction in the middle grades from a hit-or-miss learning experience to a targeted, responsive one. This book features a practical and field-tested model for small-group differentiated reading instruction in Grades 4–8. The authors offer a clear, detailed discussion of how to position this instruction inside middle school language arts or reading classrooms and simple, effective strategies for classroom management, groupings, and assessment. This text explains how to:

  • Balance brief strategic reading lessons with whole-class work
  • Structure and guide reading groups consistently
  • Assess students before and during reading groups
  • Cue students and gauge understanding as they read

Editorial Reviews

Joseph Staub
“This is an excellent study of a heretofore under-used strategy for improving reading instruction in the middle grades. The writing is honest, accessible, and engaging. The content is authoritative, relevant, and detailed. I intend to acquire a copy for every teacher on my team.”
Michelle Strom
"As general education teachers are being tasked with making sure all students are reaching standards, the step-by-step guide provided in this book makes providing one-on-one reading support to each student a reality."
David Callaway
"This book clearly defines how teachers of all content areas can benefit from using Strategic Reading Groups in their classes."
Rachel Hanson
"The contents of this book provide useful information for an area in dire need of attention at the middle school level."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452202860
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Berne, Ph D is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Reading and Language at National Louis University. Dr. Berne teaches courses in the teaching of writing and the teaching of comprehension. She is also an active staff developer, working in K-12 classrooms in implementing best practices in contemporary reading and writing.

Sophie Degener, Ed D is an assistant professor in the reading and language department at National Louis University, where she teaches literacy methods to pre-service teachers as well as courses in beginning reading and reading research. She works with many school districts around the Chicago area on the topics of balanced literacy and differentiated instruction.

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