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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 Activities That Build Comprehension

    Guided Reading Activities That Build Comprehension

    There are several ways in which activities that extend guided reading increase the powerful learning that comes through guided reading instruction. First...
  2. Guided Reading and Balanced Literacy—Recognizing the Need for Guided Instruction

    Guided Reading and Balanced Literacy—Recognizing the Need for Guided Instruction

    Guided reading and balanced literacy are big ideas in literacy instruction today. The function of different approaches in a balanced curriculum offers tea...
  3. Grouping Students for Guided Reading—The Importance of Observing Students Beforehand

    Grouping Students for Guided Reading—The Importance of Observing Students Beforehand

    Grouping students for guided reading first requires that teachers ‘know their students.’ Teachers assess their students, using the tools they know—letter...
  4. Building Literacy with Paired Texts—Limitless Benefits for Learners

    Building Literacy with Paired Texts—Limitless Benefits for Learners

    Building literacy with paired texts is an exciting concept in guided reading instruction. Through intentional pairing of texts, teachers present students with ...
  5. Leveled Books for Guided Reading—What’s In a Number?

    Leveled Books for Guided Reading—What’s In a Number?

    There’s no way around it—when selecting leveled books for guided reading instruction, sooner or later you’re going to have to consider levels. For som...
  6. It's time to write!

    It's time to write!

    All writers will at some stage have difficulty getting started writing. Skilled writers, as well as young students who are learning to write, can develop “wri...
  7. Six Ways to Make a Child a Reader

    Six Ways to Make a Child a Reader

    Every child should have the opportunity to read accurately. Susan Hill draws our attention to an article in which the authors list this as one of the six elemen...
  8. Don't Stay Away From that Book!

    Don't Stay Away From that Book!

    Recently, early literacy author Jenny Feely received an email about a young student who brought the same book home from school every day. This favorite book was...
  9. Who Made Up All Those Words Anyway?

    Who Made Up All Those Words Anyway?

    Learning to spell enhances students’ reading and writing, but the rules for spelling are very complex, and can produce frustration in the classroom. As teache...

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