Welcome to Part 2 of my Guided Reading series! If you missed the first part “How to Setup and Organize your Guided Reading Program in an FSL Classroom”, you can read about it HERE.
This second part will focus on the types of texts or books that you can use during guided reading. BONUS: All of the reading suggestions I list can be used outside of guided reading and in your day-to-day literacy program. If you are someone who has not yet started guided reading or don’t think it is for you or your classroom, you can still make use of these suggestions.
One of the questions I get asked often is “What texts do you use during guided reading?” or “Does your Guided Reading Package include texts?”. No. My Guided Reading Package does not include texts because I would have to create too many for various reading groups and ensure that they were properly leveled, something that is outside my scope of qualification. However, here are the go-to resources that I use during my reading sessions.
Top 4 French Texts I Use During my Guided Reading Sessions:
1. First and foremost, I use my school’s book room. This is where we house all of the leveled readers and books for small group reading. Each book in the collection has about 5-6 copies which makes them really easy to use during guided reading. But what happens when your school does not have a book room or a wide variety of texts? What happens when you feel like you’ve read the same books over and over again? And let’s face it, some of these books are so outdated. The content is there but the student are just not interested. This is why it is helpful to have other reading options to explore.
2. A collection of student-friendly articles that I print from reliable websites in French such as www.ici.radio-canada.ca or www.lemondedesados.fr. I usually browse through these websites and any other ones I may find online and create a collection of texts so that I have enough to last me a few months. This is a lot easier than scrambling to find a non-fiction text at the last minute. It is also a great way to expose students to non-fiction texts and current events. Here is another website worth exploring: https://www.1jour1actu.com/les-actus-a-la-une
I also use texts by Classroom Ready. My school used to have a subscription and let me tell you…it is amazing! But did you know that if you sign up for a free trial, you will receive a FREE sample issue (September). This includes 3 great non-fiction texts, comprehension questions, and activities. I recommend you download the issue and save those texts because you will be able to reuse them year after year.
3. My set of mini-readers. These readers are perfect when I am looking for a short text or a specific theme. They are also fun because the students love the modern format and illustrations. The best part about these books is that once we finish our guided reading session, students can take what they practiced and complete the student booklet independently. These readers are not only helpful in your guided reading program but they can also be used: as home readers and for your daily reading program, in your classroom library, in your literacy centers, or as reading comprehension evaluations. Click here to download one FREE READER.
4. French magazines for kids by Bayard Jeunesse. For the last couple of years, Bayard Jeunesse has offered to send teachers who sign up 30 copies of ONE magazine. That is enough for a class set! The magazines always have a variety of texts that can be used all year. They usually send the link for teachers to sign up in June or July. I will be sure to share the link with you next year if they have this offer again. Otherwise, if you are interested, you could always purchase 5 copies of one magazine to use year-round with your groups. For example, here is a look at the free class set of magazines I received in 2019.
You can find so many more French resources online but I hope that these give you an idea for the type of texts that you can look for and use. Guided reading texts don’t need to be expensive leveled readers. You can use texts that you find online or in other print materials. It is WHAT you do with that text and HOW you approach it that matters most.
In my last post in this series, I will go into detail about the types of effective activities that you can do before, during, and after guided reading.