The Missing Step
From birth our learners have been building a sophisticated understanding of oral language and how it works. They intuitively use their knowledge of the world, vocabulary, language structure, and inference to construct meaning from the oral language that they are exposed to. Much of this occurs automatically thanks to our remarkable brains.
NOW that they are being confronted with written language, they must learn to transfer this automatic skill set into written text. There is much that we can do to facilitate that skill development (SharpReading Stage 3) BEFORE we worry about introducing metacognitive comprehension strategies (SharpReading Stages 4-6) that are designed to provide tools of choice to unlock complex comprehension challenges..
The following quote identifies the benefits of strategy instruction, BUT also suggests that there is an automatic skill set that can be worked on and developed.
"Good evidence suggests that important aspects of reading comprehension and inference generation happen automatically .... but readers can also deploy strategies to support comprehension.
Cook, Anne E., and Edward J. O'Brien. "Passive activation and instantiation of inferences during reading." (2015).
SharpReading Stage 3 is the starting point for a PROFOUNDLY different approach to comprehension instruction.
We provide you with the knowledge and the teaching routine you need to develop the initial skill set that the reader needs BEFORE embarking on the metacognitive use of strategies (Stage s 4&5).
"Very motivating, the kids LOVE it. Teachers have real clarity and greatly reduced preparation time."
Who is this course for?
If you are a beginning teacher, then having a 'how to teach' and 'what to teach' approach for reading comprehension is a godsend - a great foundation to build upon.
For experienced teachers this course could be a game changer, something that will totally revitalise your approach to comprehension.
Our longest running reading course, this approach to reading comprehension has been extensively researched with over a 1000 hours of classroom trials and consultations with teachers. The result is a user-friendly guided reading routine that has a proven track record for producing great achievement data.
UNIT 1: Resource Library
Where all the downloadable resources are stored; Course Book, Teacher Scripts, Planning and Assessment Templates, Levelled Texts as PDFs Guided Reading and Powerpoints for Whole Class lessons.
UNIT 2: SharpReading Theory
An overview of the thinking behind SharpReading Stage 3: Comprehension Instruction.
We explain from the research why it is important to develop comprehension skills before embarking on comprehension strategy instruction.
UNIT 3: Explicit Teaching Routine of Unpacking Sentences
Getting started with Explicit Teaching of Unpacking Sentences.
UNIT 4: Independent Practice for Unpacking Sentences
Introducing the 5 Steps routine that is the mainstay of Stage 3.
UNIT 5: Collecting Data
Understand and Practise of the data you can collect.
UNIT 6: Improving “I think that means…’ statements
Refine your approach so that you can address ITTM weaknesses.
UNIT 7: The Whole Class Routine
A modified Routine to provide 10 minutes daily practice with your whole class.
UNIT 8: Student Engagement
Fine tuning the Teaching and Learning