Leveling Up Your Small Groups with Reading Responses


Listen to the full episode to hear how to use reading responses:

Small group instruction is a big part of a teacher’s literacy block and being able to work with students on certain skills. But the question always seems to be, what different types of activities can I do with my students during that time, especially when working with texts? In today’s episode, I’m sharing how to keep students engaged by leveling up your small groups with reading responses. 

When it comes to reading responses, there’s a variety of ways to conduct these with your small groups. One of my favorite ways is by reading the text as a small group, but having students respond independently and through the form of writing. By making a connection between reading and writing, it encourages students to think and not just read words, but engage with the author’s words and illustrator’s images.

But when should you have students respond to a text? I recommend 3 main places: before, during, and after the text. When speaking about this topic, I highlight the benefits of doing a reading response at each stopping point, along with various activities and reading skills to focus on. By having students do reading responses, it assesses their reading skills, strategies, and comprehension in a variety of different formats and ways. 

After listening to this episode, I hope it inspires more intentional moments for reading responses in your small groups, along with ideas on how to get started. By changing your mindset on what reading responses have to look like, you will be able to assess your students’ reading skills, which will ultimately make them more successful in literacy. 

To help celebrate my 100th episode, I’m giving away a resource of mine for FREE! In order to receive your free resource, here are the steps.

  1. Listen to the podcast and take a screenshot of one of your favorite episodes from The Literacy Dive Podcast
  2. Share the episode on Instagram (through a post, reel, or story) and tag me @theliteracydive (that’s the most important part!)
  3. Once you do that, you have the opportunity to win a free resource that assists you with responding to reading
  4. Then, I’ll send you a DM with a Google Form that you will need to fill out (includes your Instagram handle and select the reading response resource you want)
  5. Finally, the form is reviewed and I’ll send you a link to the free download!
In this episode on using reading responses, I share:
  • The 3 main places to respond to a text
  • The powerful connection that can happen between reading and writing 
  • Why small group time is the perfect opportunity to do some quick writing responses
  • How reading responses can assess a students’ reading skills and comprehension
  • The steps to getting a free resource for my 100th Episode Celebration
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Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to offer actionable steps and to share information for teachers, like you, who are always looking to improve their craft! ELA is our jam and we are excited to dive into all things reading and writing with you!

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Hey, I'm Megan!

I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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