Instructional Reading Clubs Instructional reading groups are similar to guided reading groups in that a small group of students (between 4-7) learn and apply Common-Core based reading strategies. The only reason the summer reading clubs are not referred to as "guided reading" are because your child is not placed in a group based on their reading level. It is recommended that you place your child in the appropriate age group so that she or he feels comfortable. Also if there is a book your child is interested in, they can be placed in that group too.
Session Structure We understand that all students will be different and have unique strengths and weaknesses, therefore our summer reading groups are loosely structured lessons and observe the following format.
10 Minutes: The students and teacher participate in a text introduction or summary of previous readings by actively listening and commenting. A focus Common Core reading strategy will be discussed and applied to the week's session. This can include such things as making predictions, envisioning, summarizing, discussing possible similarities and differences with texts read in the past, character traits, motivations, etc... Afterwards, the teacher will read and model the strategy learned. This initial part sets the stage and gets readers excited to read. For more information on Common Core Reading Standards click here --> Common Core Reading Standards
30-40 Minutes: Next, the group reads the text silently and places sticky-notes on places they would like to discuss. Students will note and comment at sections in the text where they are applying the skill learned. As students are reading, the teacher works with the students on an individual basis to further understand, assist, and reteach the reading strategies.
10 Minutes: Engage and discuss the text in complex ways that might include:
Analyzing texts in a variety of ways
Comparing texts by themes or ideas
Occasionally rereading the text in order to engage in deeper analysis
Learning how to get specific information from texts
10 Minutes: Discuss the text with the group to expand their understanding and share their ideas. At this time, students should feel comfortable discussing their thoughts.
Reading Clubs Most reading clubs are two-three sessions long. Students are expected to read the book throughout the week and finish on their own. They are encouraged to continue to use the strategies learned in the session. The most important thing with instructional reading clubs is that the students have fun, are relaxed, and even make new friends. Again, most sessions, weather permitting, take place at a park on a chair or blanket. The students are excited to talk about the book and discussions will flow naturally among the readers. The summer reading books chosen are high interest and entertaining.