Guiding Readers: a handbook for teaching reading comprehension 7 - 11

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How can teachers foster good reading in pupils aged 7 – 11? This book explains the way to do it.

Reading comprehension is so much more than just reading words, and this book explains how to develop all aspects of it for pupils aged 7–11. Written by top experts in the field, it includes eleven in-depth case studies – taken from real-life classrooms – of lessons on fiction and non-fiction, poetry and picture books, advertising and film.


• Why is it needed? Guided reading, widely used in English lessons, has never been satisfactorily examined for children in this age range. Once they have learnt how to read, pupils need support to develop strategies to extend their comprehension: .


• What is special about guiding readers? We can guide readers whenever we open discussions by exploring their understanding. This book shows teachers how it can be done with real classroom examples.


• Who is it for? All teachers of children aged 7–11, English subject leaders, literacy coordinators, student teachers, teacher-educators, librarians, tutors, reading specialists …

If you want to run effective, inspired and engaging guided reading sessions in your school with junior aged learners then look no further- just buy this book. It distils the principles, offers practical examples, recommends rich texts (fiction and non-fiction) in a thoroughly accessible and inviting manner. A great buy. A must buy.’ Professor Teresa Cremin, The Open University

‘This very welcome publication is an invaluable resource and must read for training and practising teachers, English subject leaders and teacher educators. The authors provide an authoritative and comprehensive synthesis of research into reading comprehension with practical exemplars of practice in classrooms and further guidance for staff development.’ Mary Anne Wolpert, Primary PGCE Deputy Course Manager, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

I think the book makes essential reading for all teachers attempting to unpick the complex but vital process of teaching text comprehension skills. With ‘plain English’ references to theory and research, a ‘teacher friendly’ frame for mapping the potential of guided reading texts and a selection of case studies which teachers can read, digest, try and then apply; the book offers busy practitioners with an efficient on-the-ground tool to auditing practice, text selection, scaffolding sessions, essential skills along with suggestions for staff professional development. A very comprehensive but accessible book.’ Gill Evans, Head Teacher, Holcombe Brook Primary School

An essential tool for new and experienced teachers. Guided Readers: Layers of meaning, simplifies the concept and process behind the subject whilst providing a wealth of practical resources and examples for everyday classroom use.’ Lauren Huntley, Class teacher and Reading Coordinator, Parsloes Primary School, LB of Barking and Dagenham