accelerated reader early readerAbout Guided Reading

Guided Reading is the framework in which a teacher supports each reader’s individual development of effective strategies for processing new texts at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty.

Guided reading is a great opportunity for the teacher to observe a student’s reading abilities while reading a text at his or her instructional level.

Characteristics of Guided Reading

Here are a few common elements of Guided Reading:

  • Matching reading ability to text level
  • Small groups within the classroom assigned by the teacher based on reading level
  • Individuals reading aloud within their groups or individually with a teacher
  • Discussing a text in small groups
  • Teacher offering instruction or points of improvement to each student

The Experts on Guided Reading

Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell developed The F&P Text Level Gradient™, also known as Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels. Readers build a system of strategic actions for processing increasingly difficult texts (leveled A–Z+). Guided Reading is a continuum of progress for readers. Learn more on our Guided Reading Levels page!

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Fountas, Irene C. and Pinnell, Gay Su. Guided Reading- Good First Teaching for All Children. Heinemann, 1996.