Which Book and Why

Using Book Bands and book levels for guided reading in Key Stage 1

Mixed media product, 184 pages, 297 mm x 210 mm
27 Feb 2014
Institute of Education Press

Price: £30.99

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We want all children to love reading, and Which Book and Why demonstrates how effective guided reading for children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 can help teachers make this happen.

Balancing theory and practice, this book explores how schools and teachers can implement guided reading more confidently and more effectively. Which Book and Why draws together the teaching pedagogy underpinning guided reading. The book demonstrates how to develop word-reading skills, reading for meaning, and reading for information.

Building on the success and strong foundations of Book Bands for Guided Reading (Baker, Bickler and Bodman, 2007), Which Book and Why:

• supports the effective delivery of guided reading for young children in the early stages of learning to read;
• helps teachers to choose the right book at the right time, based on focused assessments;
• explains how guided reading fits with current theoretical understanding of how children learn;
• demonstrates how guided reading works in practice;
• outlines how practice may vary, depending on the choice of text, teaching objectives, and the needs of the child;
• provides guidance for school subject leaders and senior managers, and for teachers' self-study.

Which Book and Why includes in the accompanying CD-ROM a fully searchable database to support schools and teachers in choosing the most appropriate books at the right level for each group in a class. The database includes a full listing of colour-banded titles, including those from recently published series, allowing teachers to use their existing libraries more effectively while also informing decision-making about new resources. In parallel, teachers can search the database for texts that will complement the teaching progression of mainstream phonic programmes, review programmes that are available, and search for a text to consolidate teaching of particular phonemes.

Which Book and Why offers professional development resources in each section; self-study activities for teachers – including student teachers, newly qualified teachers, and staff new to guided reading; resources for literacy subject coordinators; and resources for senior management and leadership teams to support the implementation of high-quality and effective guided reading lessons.

  • Sue Bodman

    Dr Sue Bodman is a Reading Recovery national leader at the European Centre for Reading Recovery, in the Institute of Education, University of London.

  • Glen Franklin

    Glen Franklin is a Reading Recovery national leader at the European Centre for Reading Recovery, in the Institute of Education, University of London.

FOREWORD by Roger Beard
INTRODUCTION. The rationale for Which Book and Why; How this book works: layout and organization; What's new about this publication?
PART 1: GUIDED READING -- THEORY AND PRACTICE. Text Reading in the Key Stage 1 classroom; A theory of learning; What is reading?; Seeking and interpreting evidence for teaching; Measuring progress in a complex theory of reading; Errors are important for teaching; Reading for pleasure; The guided reading lesson structure; Professional development opportunities.
PART 2, UNIT 1: GUIDED READING TO DEVELOP WORD SKILLS. Section A: The place of phonics in guided reading. Section B: Implementing good practice; Initial assessment; Gradient of challenge in teaching phonics; The demands on oral language; Supporting materials; Planning for a guided lesson to develop word-reading skills. Section C: Professional development.
PART 2, UNIT 2: GUIDED READING TO DEVELOP READING FOR MEANING. Section A: Theory of reading continuous text; Making meaning in early reading; Guided reading -- developing meaning in fiction; The research base for guided reading as a structural approach; Introduction to a colour-banded gradient of challenge. Section B: Effective guided reading -- implementing good practice; Efficient classroom organization; Initial Assessment. Section C: Professional development.
PART 2, UNIT 3: GUIDED READING TO DEVELOP READING FOR INFORMATION. Section A: Introduction; What do we mean by non-fiction texts What's the difference? Reading for information; Genre theory; Teaching reading of non-fiction in guided reading; Boys and non-fiction; Reading non-fiction at home. Section B: Effective guided reading to develop reading for information -- implementing good practice. Initial assessment. Section C: Professional development.

Database of guided reading titles
Database of phonics titles
Professional development opportunities: Grid sheet: Some important distinctions between shared, guided, and independent reading in a literacy lesson; Cards for Activity 1; Handout: -- essential elements of a guided reading lesson; Guided reading: A planning guide; Guided reading -- school self-evaluation

Professional development opportunities: Handout: Evaluating texts to develop word-reading skills; Planning sheet: Guided reading to develop word-reading skills; Handout: Guided reading to develop word-reading skills: Questions to consider; Handout: The strategy check to promote word-reading skills; Guided reading record sheet -- word-reading skills.
Assessing word reading skills: Facilitator's notes; Handout: Observing children interacting with decodable texts; Guided reading record sheet -- word-reading skills

Professional development opportunities: Is it worth a lesson? -- evaluation grid; Effective teaching decisions grid; Handout: Teachers' prompting guide; Banding a book -- five criterion-referenced judgements.
Assessing literacy knowledge: Facilitator's notes; Assessment Pack: (Alphabet knowledge instruction page, alphabet chart and letter ID scoring sheet; Word reading instruction page, high-frequency word chart, word list record sheet; Word writing instruction page; Dictation and Sentences instruction page, dictation reference sheet; Awareness of print concepts instruction page).
Running records of text reading: Session 1: Taking running records of text reading: Facilitator's notes; Running record scoring conventions. Session 2: Scoring running records of text reading: Facilitator's notes; Handout: Running record analysis sheet; Handout: Completed running record sheet for 'No Running!'; Handout: Accuracy rates and conversion chart; Blank running record sheet. Session 3: Analysing and interpreting running records of text reading; Facilitator's notes; Handout: 'No Running!' Unanalysed; Handout: Completed running record sheer for 'No Running!; Blank running record sheet

Professional development opportunities: Handout: Features of non-fiction texts; Handout: Guided reading to develop reading for information: questions to consider; Key Stage 1 Reading for information checklist; Book banding descriptors, bands 1 to 11; Series reviews: Phonically decodable texts -- Introduction; Reviews of series of readers contained in mainstream phonics programmes (x 5 series); Reviews of series of decodable readers (x 18 series); Banded texts -- Introduction; Full reviews (x 14 series); Brief reviews (x 14 series). Sample lessons, bands 1 to 10; Reading to develop word reading skills: Phase 2 (non-fiction); Phase 2 (fiction); Phase 3; Phase 5

Resource materials:Colour-banded progression; Progression of text reading through Key Stage 1; The guided reading lesson sequence; The strategy check to promote reading for meaning; About labels; Blank label templates

This book will be valuable not only to professionals in schools, but also to trainee teachers at the very start of their journey into teaching.

Alayne Öztürk, President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)

The authors have produced an excellent resource book for professional development focussed on early reading development. Grounded in extensive research evidence and deep practical experience schools and teachers will find it of real value.

David Reedy, Principal Adviser Primary Schools, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

This book is enlightening. At last there is a comprehensive and well thought-through guide to reading in school that goes beyond the phonics diet we are told all children need. It goes much deeper than soundbites: it gives schools not only a working policy but also clear guidance about hands-on practice.

The professional development notes will be invaluable in helping schools ensure consistency of pedagogy and practice throughout all classes and levels of reading fluency. And the guidance for self study will enable teachers to progress and develop with simple, non-judgemental direction. The searchable booklists on disc will save time when trying to select appropriate texts as this can consume hours'-worth of reading and sorting to ensure that the text facilitates the desired outcome.

This book feels like it has been written by people who are not only experts in their field but have done – and can still do – the job I am trying to do. It offers practical advice backed up by research and experience.

Penny Blewitt, assistant headteacher and class teacher, Our Lady’s Primary School, Tower Hamlets