Reading Modelling Block

Dear Parent/Carer,


Reading Modelling Block

You may be wondering why it is later this session before your child has been given a novel or book home for reading homework. North Lanarkshire Literacy Base recommend that all children from Primary 4 to Primary 7 experience a few weeks in August/September where the teacher models the main reading strategies.

During this time, the children will be using a shared novel in class and will complete all reading and follow up tasks within class time. The purpose of the modelling block is to allow the teacher the opportunity to teach Higher Order Reading Skills. Children may have been given additional books to read at home to supplement their homework. In some cases, there may be children who have read the ‘modelling’ text before, in a small group setting. In such cases, it is important to note that the children are not repeating work. As previously stated, the class novel is used for the teacher to model a standard of work. Therefore, the story, in this case, becomes less important.

After this block, the children will return to a smaller group setting to complete novel studies. They will also have their novel sent home each night to enhance their reading fluency. Please ensure that your child has read the pages or chapters given for the correct day, otherwise they will be unable to complete the follow up reading tasks in class to the standard that would be expected.

Thank you for your continued support.