Jan Richardson PhotoDr. Jan Richardson, a former teacher and educational consultant, has traveled the United States training teachers and providing demonstrations on Guided Reading. She’s an outstanding presenter, passionate about motivating, engaging and accelerating all readers from emergent to fluent.

Her doctoral work and experience teaching allowed Dr. Richardson to observe thousands of students and helped her discover the answer to increasing reading development, small-group guided reading. Since the 1990’s small-group instruction has been growing in popularity. It is now generally part of all reading programs. It is mandated in all Reading First classrooms.

Using the insight she gained Dr. Richardson was able to write this step-by-step guide to teaching guided reading across all grade levels with the following four elements:

  1. 1. Analyzing reading assessment to identify an instructional focus.
  2. 2. Prompting students to use reading strategies when they encounter difficulties.
  3. 3. Teaching skills that are necessary and appropriate for a specific reading stage.
  4. 4. Utilizing guided writing to support and accelerate the reading process.


Guided Reading has become the hallmark of an effective reading program. Now you can use Jan Richardson’s vast experience to energize your instructional delivery. Her lesson plans have helped a multitude of teachers turn their guided reading time into potent instructional time.

If you are facing the challenge of meeting the diverse reading needs of students, you will find the structure and tools you need in Dr. Richardson's powerful approach to guided reading. She has identified the essential components of an effective guided reading lesson with precise assessment tools, detailed lesson plans, data analysis that pinpoints specific strategies students need, and the use of guided writing to support the reading process. Best of all, Richardson provides detailed lessons for readers at all grade levels and at all reading stages from emergent through proficient.

The Next Step in Guided ReadingThe Next Step in Guided Reading
(grades K-6) will enable you to help students at all levels become more proficient readers. Wouldn’t it be incredible to increase the number of students who are reading at or above grade level? With the wealth of information and strategies contained in this book, it’s possible.

If you are an experienced teacher, you will celebrate in this second-generation resource which will help you step up to a new, improved guided reading model. If you are new to teaching, this is a great opportunity for you to learn from a master.