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The Right Book at the Right Time: Supporting Independent Readers in Grades 3 - 6

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Catalogue Number:  CL0021
Producer:  Choice Literacy
Subject:  Professional Development
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Educators
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2010
Running Time:  72

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It's every teacher's ideal -- children happily browsing books till they find the one that is just right for them. Yet the skill of choosing texts independently at the appropriate level of difficulty won't emerge on its own for most students.  They need the guidance of teachers demonstrating throughout the day how strong readers select appropriate texts. 

Franki Sibberson is a master at matching books to students.  In this video, she provides practical demonstrations of how to help students sort through books in a way that encourages risk-taking and exploration.  Through lessons, small groups, and individual conferences, Franki helps diverse students analyze topics, content, and text difficulty. 

The video includes:
  • Whole-class lessons on setting reading goals
  • Student discussions of nonfiction text features and reading logs
  • "Next-read stack" conferences with individuals to winnow down reading choices
  • Extended previewing lessons and
  • Small groups organized around common reading interests
Through it all, Franki demonstrates the critical role of teachers in helping students develop sophisticated skills as monitor their needs as readers.


1.    Book Choice Discussion
2.    Next Read Stack:  Talane
3.    Next Read Stack:  Hailey
4.    Peer Previewing Group
5.    "If You Like Matt Christopher" Group
6.    Previewing a Book
7.    Questions We Have When We Read
8.    Nonfiction Reading & Goal Setting

Bonus Track:  Room Tour

Franki Sibberson has worked as a teacher, staff developer, curriculum coordinator and literacy coach for colleagues in Dublin, Ohio.  She currently holds a full-time position as a media specialist in the district. Franki is the author of many books and articles for teachers.  She also writes the popular blog  A Year of Reading ( with Mary Lee Hahn.  

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