December 7. 2016
With assessment, you learn what students know; the continuum will help you think about what they need to know next. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Fountas and Pinnell.
December 6. 2016
In exploring genre study, we advocate teaching and learning in
which students are engaged in exploration. By engaging deeply and consistently with a variety of high-quality texts, students build an internal foundation of
information on which they can base further learning. They learn how to develop
genre understandings and can apply their thinking to any genre.
Genre study is a foundational inquiry that involves several steps
and gives students the tools they need to navigate a variety of texts with deep
Try these six broad steps in genre study:
1. Collect a set of high-quality mentor texts that are clear
examples of the genre.
2. Immerse students in several clear examples of the genre in
various instructional contexts.
3. Study the common characteristics that are always and often
evident of the genre.
4. Define the genre using the list of characteristics to create a
short working definition.
5. Teach specific mini lessons on the genre characteristics.
6. Read and Revise the lists and definition as needed and expand
students’ genre understanding.
When students understand genre, they can engage more deeply with
texts. To learn more about genre study through inquiry-based learning, please
reference Genre Study: Teaching with
Fiction and Nonfiction Books
December 5. 2016
In a sense, the classroom is a sheltered environment within a noisy world where everything interferes with high-level intellectual discourse and time for reading and writing. But in these short years students have a chance to live a literate life that expands their empathy, curiosity, and competencies. Literacy is their job.
December 2. 2016
A carefully selected text is a critical element in successful teaching of guided reading.
December 1. 2016
The act/process of reading and the reader's response through talk and writing are powerful tools for high-impact teaching. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Fountas and Pinnell.
November 30. 2016
The primary purpose of assessment is to gather data to inform teaching.
November 29. 2016
All children need the opportunity for play and inquiry. A rich and
joyful early literacy environment in which reading, writing, and talking are
part of play, often become play. We must remember that children, especially
young children, learn through play. Play enhances language and literacy
learning. When your teaching is inquiry-oriented, you enable young children to
learn how to learn, investigate and discover new understandings, and pose
wonderings about the possibilities.
With two kinds of inquiry, information seeking and wondering,
children are immersed in constructive learning that results in an exciting,
meaningful expansion of knowledge that continues through life. Fountas and
Pinnell discuss the inquiry process in depth in their book, Literacy Beginnings.
Try these four simple steps of the inquiry process to guide your
teaching and propel literacy learning:
1. Playful Exploration (Notice, Wonder)
2. Define Questions (Plan for Observing)
3. Find Out (Investigate, Explore)
4. Share Learning (Discuss, Draw Conclusions)
November 28. 2016
The obvious truth about reading instruction is that students learn to read by reading—they learn to read well by reading with proficiency every day.
November 25. 2016
Students need to experience a variety of books at varied levels for a variety of purposes in a rich literacy system.
November 23. 2016
We want ongoing reading assessments to provide us with evidence that students are using systems of strategic actions across texts. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Fountas and Pinnell.