December 12. 2016
What teachers know and understand as they make minute-by-minute decisions within the act of teaching will make the biggest difference in student learning.
December 9. 2016
With assessment, teachers learn what students know. With The Literacy Continuum, teachers know what students need to know next.
December 8. 2016
For those who don't know her, Meli is Irene Fountas's dog who has been featured in a series of leveled books from the Leveled Literacy Intervention System. Over the years, she has become a beloved icon for students and teachers working with LLI. Many classrooms have even sent in fan mail! This is the first in a series of blogs where Meli is taking time out from her busy schedule of chasing squirrels, barking at birds, and napping to answer some of your questions. But first, here's a recent Q & A to help you get to know her a little better.
Q: How do you pronounce your name, Meli?
: It is pronounced Mell-ee, like the word "belly" or "smelly!"
Q: Are you a male or a female dog?
: I am a female dog.
Q: What kind of dog are you?
: I am a West Highland White Terrier, also known as a "Westie" for short. My ancestors originally came all the way from Scotland!
Q: How old are you?
: I just turned 11 years old.
Q: Who do you live with and where?
: I live with my owner, Irene Fountas. We live in Massachusetts where it's starting to get cold and soon the snow will come. I love to run around in the snow!
Q: What is your favorite treat?
: There isn't much I don't like to eat, but my favorite treat is cantaloupe!
Q: Are you also the dog in the Sam and Jessie books from LLI?
: Yes, that's me! It's a cartoon version of me.
Meli has received many letters from her fans, so she will take time each month to answer her letters here on www.fountasandpinnell.com. If you have any questions for Meil you can send letters to Meli c/o The Fountas & Pinnell Team, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801. You can also post questions on the Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Facebook page, or submit questions via Twitter @FountasPinnell with the hashtag #FPAskMeli.
December 8. 2016
You want your students to process a complex text with proficiency and ease. That means that daily reading will be a satisfying and pleasurable experience.
December 7. 2016
With assessment, you learn what students know; the continuum will help you think about what they need to know next. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Fountas and Pinnell.
December 6. 2016
In exploring genre study, we advocate teaching and learning in
which students are engaged in exploration. By engaging deeply and consistently with a variety of high-quality texts, students build an internal foundation of
information on which they can base further learning. They learn how to develop
genre understandings and can apply their thinking to any genre.
Genre study is a foundational inquiry that involves several steps
and gives students the tools they need to navigate a variety of texts with deep
Try these six broad steps in genre study:
1. Collect a set of high-quality mentor texts that are clear
examples of the genre.
2. Immerse students in several clear examples of the genre in
various instructional contexts.
3. Study the common characteristics that are always and often
evident of the genre.
4. Define the genre using the list of characteristics to create a
short working definition.
5. Teach specific mini lessons on the genre characteristics.
6. Read and Revise the lists and definition as needed and expand
students’ genre understanding.
When students understand genre, they can engage more deeply with
texts. To learn more about genre study through inquiry-based learning, please
reference Genre Study: Teaching with
Fiction and Nonfiction Books
December 5. 2016
In a sense, the classroom is a sheltered environment within a noisy world where everything interferes with high-level intellectual discourse and time for reading and writing. But in these short years students have a chance to live a literate life that expands their empathy, curiosity, and competencies. Literacy is their job.
December 2. 2016
A carefully selected text is a critical element in successful teaching of guided reading.
December 1. 2016
In August of this year we launched the online Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Community, and in three short months we have gained over 23,000 members and counting! Our members have come together from all over the world to share a common vision:to give children a chance to live a literate life that expands their empathy, curiosity, and competencies to become good global citizens.
wouldn't be one of the fastest growing communities in the field of literacy
education without you and we thank you for taking this journey with us to
achieve substantial school-wide growth through a community of educators.
behalf of Irene and Gay and the entire Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™
Community THANK YOU for your commitment to every child, every day.
If you'd like to become a member of the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Community you can sign up for free at www.fountasandpinnell.com. The Community also extends to social media with an additional 60k members via Facebook and Twitter combined! If haven't already, you can like the Irene C. Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Facebook page to receive important updates or event notifications. Or you can join the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Learning Group where you can collaborate in real time with your peers. And if you're more of a Twitter person, you can follow @FountasPinnell.
December 1. 2016
The act/process of reading and the reader's response through talk and writing are powerful tools for high-impact teaching. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Fountas and Pinnell.