A challenge teachers face when working with middle school students during guided reading, is ensuring the material meets their interests and reading levels. I have been on the look out for really good guided reading ideas.
- Editorial Cartoons – teach a whole class lesson on this form, read a background article during read aloud/shared reading then in small groups try to understand the meaning of the cartoon. This works really well for working on Inferring skills.
- Newspaper articles from your local newspaper, national newspaper or online. Today an article at the top of Google News Reader is about their Google Doodle, which is celebrating The Canada Space Arm. Woot! This links directly to the Grade 6 Space curriculum with some fun pop culture thrown in. Who doesn’t love Google Doodles?
- Literacy program guided reading materials – publishing companies spend lots of time and money on their guided reading sets so take a moment to flip through these resources to see if they meet your current class’ needs and interests.
- I am lucky that the schools I have taught at subscribe to a monthly current events service called “What in the World” by Lesplan. What in the World Resource This resource which can be ordered on paper or digitally (digital always gets my vote) contains: four current high interest newspaper articles, one political cartoon relating to an article, news photo assignment plus crosswords, quizzes and a map. This resource comes at two different reading levels to help you differentiate. I use these articles during my modelled/shared reading and my guided reading program. If your school cannot afford to purchase this resource you can also check out their monthly free articles on their main website Lesplan Website
- Another current events resource is The Canadian Reader created for Grades 3-5. It contains very similar things to What in the World resource but at a younger reading level.
- Student book club choice – have students group together and select a novel to read together. As the teacher you can help guide their choice, but ultimately they can choose something that interests them and keeps them wanting to read daily.