Guided Reading

Dear Parents,

We would like to answer some questions that are frequently asked about our reading program.

What is guided reading?

In kindergarten through fifth grade, guided reading instruction is at the heart of a comprehensive literacy program in the Quakertown Community School District. Guided reading occurs when a teacher meets with a small, flexible group of students with a common reading goal. During guided reading, your child has the opportunity to develop reading strategies in order to read increasingly difficult stories independently

What is a guided reading level?

A guided reading level indicates the degree of difficulty of a text and is based on a number of factors which include: story length, vocabulary, use of illustrations, and sentence structure. Your child's guided reading level is considered an "instructional" level. This level is your child's ability to read certain texts with adult guidance. While the level is reported as a single letter, your child reads books that vary within a range of difficulty.

How is my child's progress measured?

Reading is a complex process and there are many ways in which students' progress is measured. Reading with fluency, demonstrating understanding, using decoding skills, and writing meaningful responses to literature are all ways that your child demonstrates competence in reading.

How do we keep you informed?

Reading is a developmental process in that all students learn at different rates. We are partners with your child on this journey. To keep you informed, your child's guided reading level will be noted on the report card each marking period (samples of each level are available on the district web page). It is our goal that in time all QCSD students will become proficient readers and more importantly, will develop a lifelong love of reading.

Adam Schmucker Peggy Smith
Building Principal Reading Specialist
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