In a guided reading lesson, a teacher selects a book, introduces it to a small group of children, and uses it to teach reading strategies... It's a snap, right? Not quite. Guided reading instruction has generated many questions among teachers who are determined to make it a successful part of their literacy program. How do I assess students to form groups? How can I recognize the 'just-right' book? How do I meet the wide range of reading levels in my class? What is the rest of the class doing while I teach small groups? With this book, two veteran teachers answer all the questions on teacher's minds. Beginning with a clear description of the reading strategies proficient readers use, authors Payne and Schulman demonstrate how you can help novice readers internalize these strategies through guided reading instruction. They also show you how to build a balanced literacy program, in which students use literacy skills in a variety of contexts throughout the day, including role-playing favorite stories, reading poetry on the overhead, making alphabet books from stencils and stamps-and much more. With this book, you'll learn how to: observe and assess your students optimum grouping and instruction match books to readers plan guided reading lessons design meaningful extension activities incorporate phonics and word work into your daily routine manage flexible grouping set up and maintain literacy centers Packed with assessment tools, lesson ideas, reproducible forms, and a leveled book list of more than 1,200 titles-arranged both alphabetically and by reading level-this is a resource you'll turn to again and again. Payne and Schulman help you put all the pieces of a balanced literacy program together so that guided reading is a success-and your students become confident, able readers you want them to be.