Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

Academic Year



Research reiterates how instilling a strong reading foundation in young students is vital to their growth in the future. Today, students need more support and individualized education to meet the diverse needs students enter school with. Whole group reading instruction does not benefit students in comparison to differentiated instruction. In order to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of the students as well as provide scaffolds to enhance literacy, teachers must incorporate small group instruction such as guided reading groups.

Guided reading are groups of students around the same developmental level that showcase similar learning needs exploring books. Teachers work alongside students, coaching through strategies, word work, fluency and comprehension reading skills. Students working in a social setting, building on skills with support from the teacher working to their full potential. Guided reading groups teach important reading skills before reading, during reading and after reading. Although guided reading is not a curriculum in and of itself, teachers must understand its importance and its place in the classroom. Persuasive information and providing examples will inspire teachers to incorporate a reading instruction format that is grounded in providing the best instruction to each individual child.