Strategic Reading Groups
Guiding Readers in the Middle Grades
- Jennifer Berne - National Louis University, USA
- Sophie C. Degener - National Louis University, USA
Foreword by Donna Ogle
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.
“This is an excellent study of a heretofore under-used strategy for improving reading instruction in the middle grades. The writing is honest, accessible, and engaging. The content is authoritative, relevant, and detailed. I intend to acquire a copy for every teacher on my team.”
"As general education teachers are being tasked with making sure all students are reaching standards, the step-by-step guide provided in this book makes providing one-on-one reading support to each student a reality."
"This book clearly defines how teachers of all content areas can benefit from using Strategic Reading Groups in their classes."
"The contents of this book provide useful information for an area in dire need of attention at the middle school level."