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What does Independent reading time look like in the classroom? See this mixed-media introduction to mini-lessons and overview about components for effective reading block.

Use a jigsaw protocol to engage with following resources. With small a partner, select one of the following videos to observe and discuss, then present key ideas to the group.

OPTION 1.  Prior to reading students select books from classroom libraries that have been organized by teacher and students.  See how this teacher supports students in choosing just-right books for themselves and "shop" for books (6:39). Note how students are still accountable for their learning, even when reading different books. 

OPTION 2. Reading Workshop: Teacher discusses and models instruction (6:49)  during mini lesson with Grade 5 class about comprehension strategies.

OPTION 3:  During reading time teachers are actively engaged with individual or small group of students during independent reading time, differentiating instruction conferring with individual students (9:58). Different conferences with students in grade 2, 5, 8.


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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education