Sharp Reading

Sharp reading is a guided program that gets the best out of my instructional reading time with readily available resources to make it work. This program is based on efficient, bets practice and learning pedagogy. 

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What is guided reading?

Effective Literacy Practice Years 5-8 says:

To be successfully literate, students need to master three key areas of reading and writing: learning the code, making meaning, and thinking critically.

Learning the code: This means developing the ability to decode and encode written forms of language. The focus is on the conventions of written language and the skills required to read and write letters, words, and text. “Cracking the code” is an exciting intellectual challenge for learners.

Making meaning: This involves developing and using knowledge, strategies, and awareness in order to get and convey meaning when reading or writing. It also involves understanding the forms and purposes of different texts and becoming aware that texts are intended for an audience.

Thinking critically: Becoming literate involves reading and writing beyond a literal, factual level. It involves analysing meanings, responding critically to text when reading, and being critically aware when composing texts. It also involves responding to texts at a personal level, reflecting on them, and finding reward in being a reader and a writer.

Guided Reading - getting the best out of your instructional reading time and the resources you need to make it work. Based on efficient, best practice teaching and learning pedagogy.

(https://literacyonline.tki.org.nz/Literacy-Online/Planning-for-my-students-needs/Effective-Literacy-Practice-Years-5-8)

For our class guided reading covers all levels and all of our groups. We have a wide range of readers who can all read the same text but it is differentiated based on reading age. The biggest difference I have found with Sharp Reading is how it focuses on decoding and comprehension. So as we read through the text we play a ‘game’. We read one sentence at a time and I then pick someone to unpack that sentence. Which means retelling me the same sentence using their own words, there is a card that helps the kids to remember to unpack the sentence and we score it from 1-4. At the end of each paragraph is a challenge called convince me. I will pick a sentence and the group gets 4 chances to unpack it perfectly. The group can work together and do help each other out. You will be surprised how many times the kids win. 

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What do the students think?

I thought it was a good opportunity to expand our knowledge on understanding difficult describing words. Milly.

It was interesting because I did not think it was going to work but it was a fun and interesting way to learn how to train my brain to think while I was reading. Nikea

I thought the Sharp Reading was good because we got to unpack the sentences and see what it actually means. It was more fun because we had to convince Mr Simm that we understood it and we would get points. Reid. 

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