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    Guided Reading
    By Kathryn W

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    I just went to a seminar by Pat Cunningham, who developed 4-Blocks. The guided reading block should really be called the "comprehension" block. It is whole-group instruction (which I know is taboo these days) but if you do it correctly, it is absolutely multi-level and reaches all learners. Sometimes I use trade books, but other times, I use the stories in my anthologies (basals).

    There is time to read individually with kids during the self selected reading block (SSR), and yes, you can take running records then. I actally get more individualized time with my kids this way than I do with small groups.

    I would either do Four-Blocks or Fountas and Pinnell type small groups, but not both. The Four Blocks works well with my class, becuase they do not do well on their own while I'm with a small group (no matter how much time I spend training them or how engaging the activities are, I still get interrupted endlessly). I still give them center type activities, but we're all doing them at the same time.

    If you're really interested, get one of Pat Cunningham's books. The comprehension activities are great. But if small groups are working for you, stick with those! Hope this helps!

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