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When Readers Struggle Teaching That Works (Fountas and Pinnell 2009). Science Reading Summer Camp. TAKS Reading Day Camp. Small Group Classroom Instruction. Reading Lab. Literacy Success.

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Science reading summer camp

When Readers Struggle Teaching That Works(Fountas and Pinnell 2009)

Science Reading

Summer Camp

TAKS Reading

Day Camp

Small Group Classroom Instruction

Reading Lab

Literacy success
Literacy Success

The early years are important for every child, but for the ones who find literacy learning difficult, these years are critical… schools seeking to close the achievement gap must consider good teaching,multiple layers of intervention, and the role of short term intensive tutoring…

Science reading summer camp

  • Engage in conversation that helps expand language

  • Engage in conversations about experiences with texts

  • Tell stories from their experiences

  • Listen and respond

Science reading summer camp

Talk every day to students through genuine interactions. Have authentic conversations about things that really matter. LISTEN to their stories with real interest! The more effectively they use oral language, the more knowledge they can bring to the processing (reading) of text.

Read texts children need to read and talk about
READ: TextsChildren need to READ and talk about…

  • Many texts everyday

  • Texts they can read independently

  • Texts they can read w/ fluency & comprehension

  • Texts w/ high interest that engage them

Read texts children need to read and talk about1
READ: TextsChildren need to READ and talk about…

  • Texts that have meaningful language

  • Texts that help expand their reading ability w/ teacher support (instructional level)

  • Texts in many different genres

  • Texts that promote discussion and writing

Hear texts children need to hear and talk about texts that
HEAR: TextsChildren need to HEAR and talk about texts that…

  • interest and engage them

  • Are age and grade appropriate

  • Many different genres fiction & nonfiction

  • expand their vocabulary, language, and content knowledge

  • provide a strong basis for discussion and writing

  • help them learn more about writing

Respond to texts children need to respond to texts in meaningful ways
RESPOND to TextsChildren need to RESPOND to texts in meaningful ways…

  • Talk about reading with their teacher and their peers

  • Write about reading in a variety of genres and forms

  • Draw about reading


  • Keep the groups small & flexible

  • Emphasize reading and writing continuous text

  • Create a predictable lesson framework that includes, reading writing and word work

    such as:

    Re-read Familiar book

    Introduce and Read New Book

    Word Work Activity

    Writing about reading

Ideas for implementation
Ideas for implementation

  • Science Reading Summer Camp

  • TAKS/Guided Reading In School Camp

  • Reading Lab

  • Small Group Classroom Instruction

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Science Reading Summer Camp

  • Field Based Trips

  • Read Aloud Science Texts

  • Shared Reading Science Charts

  • Guided Reading Science Texts

  • Word Study activities (Word Ladders)

  • Science Writing Journal

Taks guided reading in school camp
TAKS Guided Reading In School Camp

  • Poems for Re-Reading (

  • Lessons to introduce each skill

  • TAKS Passages colorful and open ended questions (Below grade level)

  • TAKS Passages regular format (on grade level)

  • Comprehension Games & Word Study activities

Reading lab small group
Reading Lab & Small Group

  • Reading Lab: Specialists work with struggling readers who are pulled from the regular classroom

  • Small Group: teachers find creative ways to pull small groups for 30 minutes (discuss options)

Key factors
Key Factors

  • Re-reading of familiar text for fluency such as browsing bags or poetry

  • Alternating instructional level and independent level texts

  • Incorporating series books, themes, or author studies

  • Word work based on needs

  • Writing related to the text (Reader’s Response)

Literacy success for all
Literacy Success for ALL

… schools seeking to close the achievement gap must consider

good teaching, multiple layers of intervention, and the role of short term intensive tutoring…