Using Passages within Google Slides
When I created the digital format of my fiction Guided Reading Passages in 2017, I had no idea just how needed they’d be in the future. I made them because I love using technology. I think it is such a good tool, when used well. Fast forward to now and I’m knee deep in the process of updating my Non Fiction Guided Reading passages packs. The digital format includes the same content, but in a new way!
Guided Reading may look differently right now with people out of their classroom, but it doesn’t have to stop. It just has to be changed a bit to match our current circumstance.
How to go Digital
For the students:
These passages are used within Google Slides. I set them up within Google Slides so that they’re easily shareable and can be assigned within Google Classroom. The format is inviting for students and increases engagement while continuing to provide rigor. Each passage includes pages to click through and then is followed up with interactive questions. Students will move around the pieces to answer each question. In addition, 2-4 written response questions are also included. These can be completed by typing in the text boxes or adding images through the use of the tools within Google Slides. Adding shapes, using the scribble feature, lines or inserting images are all great ways to complete these questions.
For the teacher:
A detailed lesson plan is provided for each passage. This allows you to focus on content and word work directly related to each story. In the packs, I include suggestions for apps to use for digital word work. A running record is also provided for each passage as a way to assess students’ reading. This can be done remotely by either having students recording themselves reading, or by listening to them on a video chat.
Vocabulary cards are also provided which can be shared during the lesson with students. These are a great visual to show students before they begin reading. They are content specific to help build confidence in the readers before reading new words in each text.
Answer keys are also included for both the written response questions and the interactive ones. This way you can quickly scan answers to check for understanding.
Check out the screenshots below for a closer view of each part that’s included.