Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students' Reading Skills at the Fluent Level, Grades 1-3

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

As children progress to near-fluent and fluent levels of literacy, they continue to reap great benefits from the structure and support that guided reading provides. In this course, you'll see how young readers are able to strengthen their fluency, comprehension, and higher-level thinking skills over a wide variety of text, both fiction and nonfiction in small, flexible guided reading groups.

The purpose of this course is to show fluent-level guided reading in action. You'll see two exceptional guided reading practitioners provide instructional models, explanations, and suggestions for how to develop practical, meaningful guided reading experiences for the young, fluent readers in your classroom.

You will learn how to:

  • develop guided reading experiences that meet the needs of your near-fluent and fluent-level readers
  • boost children’s thinking skills and reading comprehension using simple, straightforward questioning strategies
  • introduce text to near-fluent and fluent-level readers in ways that support reading success and preserve a manageable degree of reading challenge
  • combine small group instruction and individual coaching within guided reading lessons to maximize children’s literacy growth
  • make the most of brief, focused interactions to address children’s immediate literacy learning needs
  • select appropriate stories, articles and books from a wide range of literary genre
  • effectively monitor students’ individual reading progress
  • enhance the literacy growth of your near-fluent and fluent readers

Watch an excerpt from this course:

How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDLU 9116


"The presenters wer extremely thoughtful educators! They did a wonderful job sharing their expertise."
              – J. Hiltner

"Very well organized and informative lesson. The modeling of the actual guided reading lessons helped me greatly. Thank you."
              – A. Mikesell

"Loved the video clips; especially the teacher statements before and after the classroom clip"
              – C. Washington

"I thought it was very informative. I liked how it was broken down into sections and could be paused whenever needed."
              – K. Pruitt

"Enjoyed seeing the many ideas for how to support fluent readers."
              – A. Jones


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