reading

Shared reading

Shared reading is a powerful teaching approach, which offers all students access to explicit modelling of reading processes and strategies. Teachers can model and explore reading skills (zooming in) and comprehension strategies (zooming out), within the context of reading quality texts. 

I have supported a number of schools to review and improve their shared reading programmes using the weekly shared reading structure below. This has resulted in teachers planning and delivering an engaging shared reading programme, which explicitly models the reading skills and strategies the students need to develop. 

Ten to fifteen minutes a day of shared reading can have a huge impact on students’ reading achievement. 

shared reading structure

This is a suggested daily structure for shared reading.

 
 

 

Sample shared reading plans for younger students

My Sloppy Tiger

Y1 shared reading plan –
1 week.

Greedy Cat’s Door

Y1 shared reading plan –
1 week.

Poetry Y2

Y2 shared reading plan –
1 week

 

Sample shared reading plans for older students

New Zealand Insects butterflies and moths

Y3/4 non-fiction shared reading plan using an article from the Te Ara website. Learning focus: identifying key points; making connections.

New Zealand Insects wetas Y3

Y3/4 non-fiction shared reading plan using an article from the Te Ara website. Learning focus: identifying key points; making connections.

The BFG

Shared reading lessons using chapter 1 from the BFG.

Airplanes  

Shared reading using a song

Wonder 

Three shared reading lessons using a chapter from the novel by R J Palacio.


Independent reading activities

These activities are generic tasks that can be completed in response to most texts. You can teach them individually and then display them so students can select an activity in response to guided, shared  or their independent reading material. Introduce them the students slowly during shared and guided reading.

READING RESPONSE GENERIC ACTIVITIES

For older students.