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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 Success: Recognizing High-Frequency Words

    Guided Reading Success: Recognizing High-Frequency Words

    The key to success for beginning readers is recognizing high-frequency words. One of the first hurdles a beginning reader must overcome when learning to read is...
  2. What does Guided Reading Look Like at Grades 3-5?

    What does Guided Reading Look Like at Grades 3-5?

    Guided Reading Grades 3-5 contains some of the elements of guided reading in the Primary Grades (K-2). When working with students at higher Grades (3-5) the tea...
  3. Shared Reading: The First Read, Kindergarten

    Shared Reading: The First Read, Kindergarten

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch as she shares a big book with a San Diego Kindergarten class. This Shared Reading Kindergarten lesson introductory session...
  4. Shared Reading: Returning to the Book, Kindergarten

    Shared Reading: Returning to the Book, Kindergarten

    In this shared reading for kindergarten follow-up lesson Debra again models her thinking and invites students to turn-and-talk several times during their second...
  5. Building Vocabulary During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    Building Vocabulary During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    In this installment with Debra Crouch, she and her students revisit the text to focus on vocabulary in this shared reading for kindergartners lesson —specific...
  6. Word Study During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    Word Study During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    Before the video begins, Debra had students draw and write a response to the book: write about a pet you think is best. After collecting the students’ writing...
  7. Modeled Writing During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    Modeled Writing During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    This modeled writing kindergarten lesson gives children an opportunity to hear a writer decide what to write about, how to say the ideas to be written and to no...
  8. Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Whole Group Kindergarten

    Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Whole Group Kindergarten

    Watch as Debra demonstrates a whole group instruction kindergarten class. This lesson happened just before the first reading of Which Pet is Best? The book had ...
  9. Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Small Group Kindergarten

    Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Small Group Kindergarten

    Watch as Debra leads a reading lesson with a small group of kindergarten children. She invites each child to look at the pictures in the book and asks them 'ope...

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