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Over their influential careers, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas have closely examined the literacy learning of thousands of students in the upper elementary and middle grades. In The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades 3-8, and its companion volume for grades K-2, they combine everything they have learned about the development readers, writers, and language users to create a comprehensive curriculum document for use as an assessment tool and as a guide for teaching. Now, with the flip of a page, you can quickly identify the literacy goals appropriate to each grade level (3-8) and each text level, N-Z, and determine the specific competencies any student has achieved along their literacy journey.

Grade by Grade Goals

The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades 3-8 names and categorizes the behaviors and understandings students can be expected to demonstrate from grade three to grade eight. Grounded in research and classroom experience, these helpful visual representations of goals for literacy in upper elementary school and middle school allow you to analyze children's strengths and identify where they need support in different instructional contexts. They describe specific behaviors to notice, teach, and support at each grade level.

Pinnell and Fountas present continua related to performance in seven critical instructional contexts:

  • interactive read-aloud and literature discussion
  • shared and performance reading
  • writing about reading
  • writing
  • oral, visual, and technological communication
  • phonics, spelling, and word study
  • guided reading.

Level by Level Goals

The guided reading continuum conveys specific literacy goals related to the Fountas and Pinnell text levels L-Z for use in guided reading lessons or other small-group instruction. These goal descriptions will inform your lesson planning, your grouping decisions, and your selection of texts for differentiated instruction.

In a convenient, easy-to-read format, these interdependent continua show the grade levels at which students typically demonstrate specific abilities related to the use of oral and written language. They can be useful in numerous aspects of classroom instruction, including:

  • planning instruction for individuals, small groups, or a whole class
  • assessing children's literacy development
  • evaluating student progress and reporting grades
  • discussing expectations with parents
  • identifying specific needs for targeted intervention.

Get the curricular resource that provides a unified vision of what upper elementary children and adolescent students need to be able to do as competent readers, writers, and language users, then discover how this guide can inform and support every aspect of your literacy teaching. Read Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades 3-8, keep it handy in your classroom,and use it to make effective teaching decisions as you bring children forward in their literacy journeys.

Continua organized by grade for teachers grades K-2 and expressed across the grades for curriculum specialists grades K-8 are also available.

For information about The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K-2, click here.

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Meet the Author

Gay Su Pinnell is a professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She has extensive experience in classroom teaching and field-based research, and in developing comprehensive approaches to literacy education. She has received the International Reading Association's Albert J. Harris Award for research and the Charles A. Dana Foundation Award for her contributions to the field of education. She is also a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. Together with Irene Fountas she has authored numerous books, videos, and websites with Heinemann that are considered standards in the field of literacy instruction and staff development. Their latest innovations are The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention and The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, a comprehensive assessment system for grades K-8. Fountas and Pinnell have influenced the classroom practices of teachers nationwide through bestselling titles such as: The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guide 1 (2008) When Readers Struggle (2008) The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Book List, K-8+ (2009-2011 Edition, Print Version) The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K-8 (2007) The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K-2 (2007) The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades 3-8 (2007) Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Reading, K-8 (2006) www.FountasandPinnellLeveledBooks.com Leveled Books, K-8: Matching Texts to Readers for Effective Teaching (2005) Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children (1996) Guiding Readers and Writers: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy (2001) Interactive Writing: How Language & Literacy Come Together, K-2 (2000) The Primary Literacy Video Collection Series of DVDs: Guided Reading; Classroom Management; and Word Study (2006) Word Matters: Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom (1998) The Reader's Notebook Help America Read and Coordinator's Guide (1997) In addition, through Heinemann's firsthand line of classroom materials, Fountas and Pinnell have authored Phonics Lessons (Grades K, 1, and 2), Word Study Lessons (Grade 3), Sing a Song of Poetry, and their corresponding word and picture cards. These materials are used in thousands of classrooms throughout the country. Fountas and Pinnell together present workshops nationwide on a variety of literacy-instruction topics through Heinemann Professional Development.

Irene C. Fountas, a professor in the School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and consultant in school districts across the nation and abroad. She works extensively in the literacy education field and directs the Literacy Collaborative in the School of Education at Lesley University. Together with Gay Su Pinnell she has authored numerous books, videos, and websites with Heinemann that are now considered standards in the field of literacy instruction and staff development. Their latest innovations are The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention and The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, a comprehensive assessment system for grades K-8. Fountas and Pinnell have influenced the classroom practices of teachers nationwide through bestselling books such as: The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guide 1 (2008) When Readers Struggle (2008) The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Book List, K-8+ (2009-2011 Edition, Print Version) The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K-8 (2007) The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K-2 (2007) The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades 3-8 (2007) Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Reading, K-8 (2006) www.FountasandPinnellLeveledBooks.com Leveled Books, K-8: Matching Texts to Readers for Effective Teaching (2005) Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children (1996) Guiding Readers and Writers: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy (2001) Interactive Writing: How Language & Literacy Come Together, K-2 (2000) The Primary Literacy Video Collection Series of DVDs: Guided Reading; Classroom Management; and Word Study (2006) Word Matters: Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom (1998) The Reader's Notebook Help America Read and Coordinator's Guide (1997) In addition, through Heinemann's firsthand line of classroom materials, Fountas and Pinnell have authored Phonics Lessons (Grades K, 1, and 2), Word Study Lessons (Grade 3), Sing a Song of Poetry, and their corresponding word and picture cards. These materials are used in thousands of classrooms throughout the country. Fountas and Pinnell together present workshops nationwide on a variety of literacy-instruction topics through Heinemann Professional Development.

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