Mandy's Tips for Teachers provides one of the most detailed, comprehensive overviews of guided reading in real practice. I love this resource because it includes research findings, anecdotes, sample schedules, answers to great questions and so much more! This is THE webpage to turn to when structuring your first (or your 101st) guided reading lesson.
One of the keys to a successful guided reading lesson (or any lesson, in fact) is being organized and prepared. This blog by Genia Connell on the Scholastic website includes some practical and inexpensive suggestions for preparing for guided reading. In the blog and accompanying video, Connell describes material resources such as tabs, folders, etc. that she has found beneficial in organizing her guided reading instruction. Connell makes preparing for guided reading a logical, orderly process.
This slide show by Jennifer Evans is a professional development quality presentation of what guided reading is, why it is critical to successful reading development, and concrete steps for implementing guided reading in the classroom. Evans explains the evidence-base for guided reading, how to develop groups, common components of guided reading lessons, sample lesson plans, etc. I love this resource because it is interactive (with videos and review questions embedded).
I LOVE this cheat sheet from the HelloMrsSykes blog! It's an easy way to remind yourself what you (and your students) should be focusing on during each phase of the guided reading lesson (before, during, and after reading). This is an excellent page to print out and keep on-hand for guided reading lesson planning and for reference during the actual lesson.
A great example of an elementary guided reading lesson is presented in this video by 2nd grade teacher, Sarah Switzer. Through her demonstration, you can see what a successful guided reading lesson looks and sounds like in the classroom. Critical components of guided reading are explicitly modeled in the video with an emphasis on teacher questioning and informal assessment.
This Centenniel Elementary school teacher web page by literacy coach, Joyce Jamerson, is a guided reading jackpot! It not only contains a great overview of guided reading and its components, but it is also full of additional resources (videos and PDFs) offering in-depth guidance for guided reading instruction. Jamerson additionally includes links to concrete lesson plans, teaching scripts and fun guided reading activities making this resource a definite "keeper"!
How often should we do guided reading? Why should we do guided reading? What will we do during guided reading? Candace Bookman does an excellent job of answering these questions and more in this brief, yet highly informative video. Bookman fills in the gaps left by other resources by addressing those issues that are most pressing to teachers just beginning to implement guided reading in their classroom. This video will definitely reduce any anxiety you might have about using guided reading!
This strategy guide from ReadWriteThink is an amazing introduction to guided reading. It provides not only background into what exactly guided reading is, but also presents a general guideline for implementing guided reading and suggestions for the general lesson structure. Sample guided reading lesson plans are included in the strategy guide as are additional resources. This strategy guide presents guided reading in a manner that makes it manageable for anyone.