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Guiding Readers

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.

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

Winner of the UKLA Academic Book of the Year 2017

Solutions for the teaching of reading 7 – 11

Readers’ views

‘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. Guiding 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 Co-ordinator, Parsloes Primary School, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham


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