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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.

Managing the Rest of the Class During Strategic Reading Groups
Managing the rest of the class during strategic reading groups

When we do strategic reading work with teachers in preservice classes as well as during professional development at schools, one of the topics that always comes up is what to do with the rest of the class. We tell teachers that they truly can't do strategic grouping if the rest of their class is not well managed. Working with students during strategic reading groups is hard work. Teachers have to listen carefully to individual students to know when and how to provide appropriate cueing. If they are worried about what the rest of the class is doing, they will not have the attention required for the ...

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