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April 6. 2017

Put Shared Reading into Action with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

This is part of a series of blogs on the new cohesive literacy system from Fountas and Pinnell called Fountas & Pinnell Classroom(TM) that will start releasing in August of 2017. To learn more, read the first in the series, "What is Fountas & Pinnell Classroom(TM)?

Fountas and Pinnell see Shared Reading as a time for children to gather together and listen to an exciting story or fascinating text in a warm, accepting, enjoyable environment. And the great thing is that they can actually participate in reading a more complex text than they are yet ready to process. They’re not aware that, as they listen and share the reading of an enlarged book, they are building phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, word-recognition, and much more. The children are building an early reading process while having fun as they immerse themselves in the meaning and language of books. In this highly supported participation in the act of reading, children find out how it feels to be a reader.

“These children are engaged in what they see as reading, and that is powerful” ~ Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell 

Fountas and Pinnell believe that Shared Reading plays a vital role in expanding the systems of strategic actions using a variety of engaging texts. They believe that thoughtful, precise teaching needs to accompany high-quality texts to maximize student learning. They answered that need with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™.

How Does Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Support Shared Reading?

In their new comprehensive literacy system, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC), Fountas and Pinnell have provided beautifully crafted texts along with high-quality, cutting-edge lessons that boost and extend students’ reading, writing, and language skills. Here are some of the resources in FPC that will help you put shared reading into action in your classroom. 

The Books

The books used in the Shared Reading component of FPC are unlike any you will find. It is an exquisite collection of original texts (enlarged and accompanying small versions) that nurture students' ability to construct meaning in a supported context so they can enjoy reading and learn critical concepts of how texts work. There are 200 titles spanning grades PreK-3. There is a recommended sequence based on book series, genre, and/or connecting topics; however, the books can be introduced in any order that meets the needs of the children in your classroom so they can enjoy reading and learn critical concepts of how print and stories "work."

The Lessons

The Shared Reading lessons in FPC provide an extensive menu of ideas and language to spark learning and discussion. Each lesson includes goals taken from The Literacy Continuum. You can choose from or modify these goals to match the learning needs of each child. A message (sometimes more than one) is provided for each book to support you in conveying the main or "big" idea of the text; and there is also an "About the Book" section to help you draw students' attention to the book's genre, structure, and characteristics. Support for English language learners is woven throughout. The following are some highlights you will find in each Shared Reading lesson that should take about 10 minutes each day: Introduction and discussion suggestions; prompts for reading to and with the students; suggestions for making connections to other texts; and specific behaviors and understandings to observe as you assess children’s learning.   

Other Resources and Features

Here are some of the other resources and features that make Shared Reading in FPC a valuable addition to your classroom:

The Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading Collection: A brief guide that provides an overview of the components and implementation of the FPC Shared Reading Collection

Shared Reading Lesson Folders: Each lesson is printed on a full-color folder to make organizing easier.

FPC Shared Reading Online Resources: The resources needed for each lesson including: PDFs of each lesson; Professional Development video library; Shared Reading audiobooks.

To learn more about FPC and be the first to receive a sampler, sign up here, or contact your local sales representative.

Shared Reading is a time for children to work together as a team, helping each other, creating the demonstration of proficiency, and having fun! Shared Reading makes the story or the text accessible to all the children regardless of where they are in their literacy journey. Every child is successful in shared reading.

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

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