Category Archives: Comprehensive Literacy

Books for Teachers: Classroom Management Advice…

An earlier post introduced you to a book by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. I want to outline another Fountas and Pinnell book that you want to have — Guiding readers and writers Grades 3-6: Teaching comprehension genre, and content literacy. ISBN 0-325-00310-6

You may have just been placed in a class after a school reorganization and now are trying to get your class working independently so you can expand your Balanced Literacy Program to get to the essential guided reading lessons with your groups. There are many topics in this book, but do take time to read through Chapter Nine- Getting Started: The first twenty days of independent reading. The lessons outlined in this chapter show you how to do just that. They outline minilessons on 1. Lessons on management, 2. Lessons on strategies and skills, and 3. Lessons on literacy analysis. (Fountas & Pinnell, pg. 128, 2001)

The First 20 Days (Adapted from Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6, by Fountas & Pinnell)

Books for Teachers

I will be reviewing books for your professional library as a regular post. As a teacher-librarian I often had the opportunity to suggest resources to teachers. These books are at the top of my list for teachers.

All elementary teachers need to have ready access to titles by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas. The Continuum of Literacy Learning, grades K-8: behaviors and understandings to notice, teach, and support is a book that you can use to develop your literacy program. Pinnell and Fountas have written many books to guide your literacy practice. They address the components of the balanced/comprehensive literacy program:

  • Interactive Read Aloud
  • Shared Reading
  • Writing
  • Oral, Visual and Technological Communications
  • Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study
  • Guided Reading (Levelled Books)

Most schools use levelled reading as the basis for their reading program. Take particular notice of the Guided Reading section for their information they provide for each reading level. They address: Genre/Form, Text Structure, Content, Themes and Ideas, Language and Literacy Features, Sentence Complexity, Vocabulary, Words, Illustrations, Book and Print Features. Each school district has their own curriculum to follow and this information dovetails quite nicely with your learning goals and expectations/ Common Core Standards.