Guided Reading Essentials: Printable Guided Writing Journals

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According to Jan Richardson in her book The Next Step in Guided Reading, students should receive guided reading instruction based on the same book over two days. Day two of the guided reading lesson should include guided writing.

After a new sight word has been taught, made with magnetic letters, and read in text, students may write a dictated sentence based on the story.

Examples of a dictated sentence include:

I see a book.
Look at the fish.
I like to run.

Key Points
Accept invented spelling
At level A, hearing only consonant sounds is OK
Medial sounds is a level B/C skill
If students cannot write the sight word independently after two days of instruction, teach the same word with the next book and do not go on to the next sight word until the previous is firm.

These guided writing journals include the target sight word at the top, with a small space for picture drawing to serve as an anchor for remembering what was written.
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