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Welcome to Literacy Voices, where our experts share instructional strategies with teachers. You'll find practical classroom tips from real educators, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice, and tools you can use immediately.
  1. Guided Reading 3-5: Lessons with Advanced Readers, Session 7

    Guided Reading 3-5: Lessons with Advanced Readers, Session 7

    Watch as Educational Consultant, Debra Crouch focuses on Guided Reading for advanced readers in this Guided Reading Webinar, Session 7.Resources : Reading Deve...
  2. Why We Don’t Do Skill Work Before Reading in a Guided Reading Lesson

    Why We Don’t Do Skill Work Before Reading in a Guided Reading Lesson

    Many current iterations of Guided Reading, especially those with strong Reading Recovery® influences, heavily emphasize skill work.  This skilled work often o...
  3. How To Choose Texts for Engaging and Thoughtful Shared Reading

    How To Choose Texts for Engaging and Thoughtful Shared Reading

    Shared Reading Books Well-constructed big books for Shared Reading are a powerful and multilayered instructional tool. But choosing the right book for Shared R...
  4. How Do Repeated Shared Readings Develop and Expand Language?

    How Do Repeated Shared Readings Develop and Expand Language?

    As Don Holdaway (1979) believed when he designed the instructional approach we know as Shared Reading, “children who are not thoroughly familiar with the syn...
  5. Putting Students in the Role of Meaning-Maker in Guided Reading Lessons

    Putting Students in the Role of Meaning-Maker in Guided Reading Lessons

    In today’s educational milieu, various versions of guided reading exist. Most versions offer three components: an introduction before reading, reading and di...
  6. What Is the Purpose of Shared Reading in a Rich Thinking and Talking Curriculum?

    What Is the Purpose of Shared Reading in a Rich Thinking and Talking Curriculum?

    What Is Shared Reading? Shared Reading is an instructional approach used to support students to read, think, and discuss texts. It’s part of a broader balanc...
  7. Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Good First Teaching, Session 1

    Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Good First Teaching, Session 1

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch in this part 1 of the Shared Reading Webinar Series. Here she focuses on the intention behind the Shared Reading Approach,...
  8. Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Extending Shared Reading through Revisits to Text, Session 2

    Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Extending Shared Reading through Revisits to Text, Session 2

    In this part 2 of the Shared Reading Webinar Series Debra focuses on the kinds of instruction that occurs once the text has become familiar to students, what ha...
  9. Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Extending Shared Reading for Emergent and Early Readers through Writing, Session 3

    Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Extending Shared Reading for Emergent and Early Readers through Writing, Session 3

    Watch as Educational Consultant, Debra Crouch focuses on extending Shared Reading for Emergent and Early Readers. In this final part of the Shared Reading Webin...

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