Key Links Guided Reading provides explicit teaching through engaging fiction and nonfiction texts and develops learners' language, literature and literacy strategies and skills. The series consists of 212 (112 Fiction and 100 Nonfiction titles) levelled readers of books from emergent through fluency levels(Levels 1 to 30).
Reading is the product of two cognitive elements — language comprehension and decoding. Reading instruction must focus on both language comprehension and the art of decoding. The art of decoding ensures that words are read accurately. Inaccurate and non-fluent decoding negatively impacts reading comprehension. You cannot read if you can’t decode accurately. However, you cannot learn to read by just learning to decode.
Students are exposed to every link in the literacy chain through
- actively thinking and talking about what and how they read
- being explicitly exposed to comprehension and processing strategies in a systematic way
- practising flow, expression and phrasing in their oral reading
- reading titles that are carefully scaffolded to build and reinforce vocabulary and letter-sound relationships.
For the teacher, there are
- Guide Notes provided at the beginning of each book
- Focus Panels on every spread provides a classroom-to-home link to help ensure parents and teachers are ‘on the same page’ if books are taken home.
- Carefully sequenced titles to scaffold and reinforce literacy skills and strategies, including letter-sound relationships, high-frequency words, vocabulary, punctuation, reading fluency, processing skills and comprehension strategies.