November 3, 2013

Guided Reading by Genre

As many of you who read my blog know, I am a literacy coach at the middle school level for grades 5-8.  One thing I noticed as I worked with the 12 Language Arts teachers at my school last year surrounding guided reading was that it always seemed to be a challenge to come up with within, beyond, and about questions surrounding guided reading texts.  That is where the idea for my latest product originated.  It has been several months in the making, and I could not be more excited to introduce it to all of you.  I have copy and pasted the product description below.  To visit the product directly on my TpT store click here.  For those of you who have written to me and commented on guided reading blog posts with questions about how to get started, how to make sure you're doing it "right", etc.  This was made for YOU!

Product Description:

Whether you are new to teaching guided reading or a seasoned pro, there is something in this product that will help you become a better teacher of reading.

About this product:

-This resource is separated by genre: Realistic Fiction/Historical Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Nonfiction.

-Each section includes:

*Three pages of discussion questions (Within the Text, Beyond the Text, and About the Text).  Within the Text questions cover Word Solving, Summarizing, and Fluency.  Beyond the Text questions include Predictions, Connections, Synthesizing, and Inferring.  About the Text questions draw upon the skills of Analyzing and Critiquing.

*Two extension activities focused toward that genre intended to be used once a group has finished reading a book.

-Bonus Items for this product include:

*Note taking guided reading template for a group.

*Note taking guided reading template for an individual student.

*Word Work/Skill Reinforcement ideas appropriate for middle school to use at the end of guided reading lessons each day.

*A language guide to use with your students during guided reading intended to help you prompt for fluency and keep questioning open-ended.

*Interactive bookmarks to be used as formative assessment during guided reading lessons on the following topics:

-Figurative Language
-KWL (What I know, What I want to learn, What I learned)

This product will change the way you speak with your students and question them about their reading.  It will no doubt help to prepare students for assessment surrounding the Common Core State Standards as within, beyond, and about questions require students to think deeply about text on all levels.  Also, the way the product is separated by genre allows you to confidently be able to find questions appropriate for any book that you're reading with students.  Purchase this product and you will no longer struggle with what to ask students in regard to their reading!  As a bonus, you will also have genre-specific extensions and formative assessments.  ENJOY!


  1. I could kiss your feet. ;) Thank you!!

    1. Did you buy it and love it??? I'm so excited about it and can't wait to hear feedback!!!

  2. Tireless teacher-- I couldn't agree more!! I can't get over the wealth of information you provide us, Kasey! Thank you! You have profoundly enhanced my teaching!

    1. This is so sweet! Thank you so much for your kindness! I'm happy my blog is being read and helpful to others! :)


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