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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. Jennifer Berne and Sophie C. Degener 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. The authors explain 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

Differentiating instruction is not the flavor of the month in education; rather, it is the essential orientation for maximizing student success. Strategic Reading Groups gives teachers the tools they need to differentiate reading instruction in the critical middle years, as students begin to read more complex, content-filled narrative and informative texts.

Fitting Strategic Reading Groups into the Middle School Literacy Block
Fitting strategic reading groups into the middle school literacy block

Excellent middle school teachers balance skill and strategy instruction with the use of quality literature and reading and writing for authentic purposes. You can't have one without the other. We believe strongly that teachers should not begin strategic reading groups unless independent reading and literature enjoyment are already prioritized in their classrooms. Students need to see that the kind of reading they will do in strategic reading groups allows them to become better readers, and that their improvement will expand the universe of really great books they can read independently.

In support of the balance just described, teachers use a combination of grouping strategies—whole class, small group, ...

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