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Organizing Small Group Reading Instruction

EDUC 600

This course will give you the tools to make the most of your small group literacy instruction.  It provides strategies and techniques that focus on instructing small groups in five essential reading elements:  comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary.  Along with providing relevant research, you will explore ideas that can be used immediately in the classroom.  This course is packed with techniques for organizing time and space, sample lesson plans with photographs, and reflection questions to stimulate your literacy instruction.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

  • Understand effective components of a small group instruction area; 
  • Analyze the teaching of the five essential reading elements;
  • Evaluate current research in the area of small and large group literacy instruction;
  • Describe how students assessments may be used to develop small reading groups;
  • Understand routines that will develop into good literacy habits.


Diller, D. (2007).  Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All.  Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Ankrum, J. &Bean, R. (2007).  Differentiated Reading Instruction:  What and How.  Reading Horizons, V48.1:133-146; http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1081&context=reading_horizons

Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. S. (2010).  Scholastic.  Retrieved from http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/guidedreading/pdfs/ GR_Research_Paper_2010.pdf

Learning Point Associates (2004).  A closer Look at the Five Essential Components of Effective        Reading Instruction:  A Review of Scientifically Based Reading Research for Teachers.   Learning Point Associates, 2004; http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/literacy/components.pdf