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.

Materials for Strategic Reading Groups

Materials for strategic reading groups

Finding materials to meet the needs of all students in a class is a common concern of middle grade teachers. Many middle schools lack the leveled texts that are more commonly found in elementary schools, so middle school teachers are often at a loss to find texts that are appropriate for their below and above grade-level students.

Though more and more middle schools are beginning to accumulate leveled texts, and more and more textbook publishers are including leveled texts with their basal readers, we believe it is possible to address students' needs without purchasing loads of new leveled materials. This chapter looks at a variety of different materials that teachers can use for strategic reading groups. First, ...

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