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Do you want to learn how to seamlessly plan and execute lessons that span before, during, and after reading with decodable texts? Research indicates that effective reading instruction involves a cohesive plan that incorporates pre-reading preparation, interactive reading practices, and post-reading reinforcement to maximize student learning and retention. Join Rachel Scott for this hands-on, interactive workshop as we lean on Wiley Blevins’ book “Choosing and Using Decodable Texts” to select one target skill within a connected decodable text and model the entire planning process from start to finish. Each piece will contribute to the learner's ability to decode words with the target feature, quickly recognize high-frequency words, and read fluently. Get ready to maximize the effectiveness of your small group reading sessions with decodable texts! Rachel’s expertise as a literacy instructional specialist will equip you with the tools and strategies you need to plan an entire small group lesson using a decodable text efficiently and effectively. 

This is workshop four of four for the series titled “Tools and Strategies for Small-group Instruction Using Decodable Texts.”  

Key Takeaways: 

  1. Learn how to select an appropriate target skill for your small group reading sessions, ensuring focused and effective instruction. 
  2. Discover strategies for preparing students before reading, including phonemic awareness exercises and vocabulary preview. 
  3. Explore interactive reading techniques that keep students engaged and provide immediate feedback and support. 
  4. Understand how to plan follow-up activities that reinforce and extend learning, such as word work and comprehension discussions. 

Workshop Details: 

While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on demand and earn up to four continuing education credits. 

Special Technology Instructions: 

Attendees will need access to an internet-enabled device and a personal Google account (not affiliated with their school). SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.


Participants will have communication and collaboration and opportunities throughout the training to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.  

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