Independent Reading Practice

The purpose of independent practice is to provide students the opportunity to rehearse the skills and strategies that have been explicitly taught during whole group or small group lessons on their own. Independent practice activities during ELL class may focus on reading comprehension, accuracy, fluency, vocabulary development, speaking/listening objectives, word work/spelling, or writing objectives.
Ideally, new skills and strategies should be taught through the gradual release process where they are first explicitly modeled by the teacher during read alouds or shared reading lessons. Teachers would then provide guided practice in reading groups. Finally, students would be provided opportunities to practice those skills and strategies on their own during independent reading time.

Click here to see teacher-created examples of planning instruction with the gradual release process in mind.

Click here to see an independent reading conference in action.

Click here for other independent reading resources shared during the Enhancing Reading in the ELL Classroom Through Guided Reading flex session.

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