One of things Jenny and I have worked really hard to do is to create a strong guided reading group structure at the intermediate level. We created a structure we call literacy groups. We have avoided the term guided reading because we believe what we do is different. I’ll give you a brief run down and then explain how I use Google to make them run even smoother.
Day 1-2 of literacy groups: Students closely read a text, they annotate the text with words they don’t know, questions they have any other thinking along with summary sentences.
Day 3 of literacy groups: They take a comprehension quiz. I explain to my students that before moving on to the deeper level thinking about a text, they have to have the basic comprehension of the text.
Day 4 of literacy groups: They prepare for a seminar revolving around a target question. Their prep sheet asks them 4-5 questions that helps them prepare their thinking for day 5.
Day 5 of literacy groups: Seminar