Middle school guided reading does not have to be a struggle. A challenge teachers face when working with middle school students during guided reading is ensuring the material meets their interests and reading levels. I have been on the lookout for really good middle school guided reading ideas.
Middle School Guided Reading Ideas
- Editorial Cartoons – teach a whole class lesson on this form, read a background article during read-aloud/shared reading then in small groups try to understand the meaning of the cartoon. This works really well for working on Inferring skills.
- Newspaper articles from your local newspaper, a national newspaper, or online.
- Literacy program guided reading materials – publishing companies spend lots of time and money on their guided reading sets so take a moment to flip through these resources to see if they meet your current class’ needs and interests.
- I am lucky that the schools I have taught at subscribe to a monthly current events service called “What in the World” by Lesplan. This resource which can be ordered on paper or digitally (digital always gets my vote) contains four current high-interest newspaper articles, one political cartoon relating to an article, a news photo assignment plus crosswords, quizzes, and a map. This resource comes at two different reading levels to help you differentiate. I use these articles during my modeled/shared reading and my guided readingprogram. If your school cannot afford to purchase this resource you can also check out their monthly free articles on their main website Lesplan Website
- Another current events resource is The Canadian Reader created for Grades 3-5. It contains very similar things to What in the World resource but at a younger reading level.
- Student book club choice – have students group together and select a novel to read together. As the teacher, you can help guide their choice, but ultimately they can choose something that interests them and keeps them wanting to read daily.
- Check out these other great resources for guided reading with current events: 6 IDEAS FOR TEACHING CURRENT EVENTS