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Fountas & Pinnell

Powerful Programs for Literacy

At the nexus of research and practice, Fountas and Pinnell's literacy programs provide educators with the tools they need to help students succeed in school and in life.

  • About Dr. Irene Fountas

    About Dr. Irene Fountas
  • About Dr. Gay Su Pinnell

    About Dr. Gay Su Pinnell
  • Dr. Irene Fountas is a literacy expert and has many years of classroom experience in the U.S. and abroad. She co-authored the Scholastic Guided Reading Content Areas, Fiction, and Text Types programs, as well as Comprehension Clubs and Everyday Literacy. She is a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is also the Director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative, which offers Professional Development around the world.

  • Dr. Gay Su Pinnell is one of America's leading authorities on literacy. She created Scholastic’s Guided Reading Nonfiction program, and co-authored the Guided Reading Content Areas, Fiction, and Text Types Programs, as well as Comprehension Clubs and Everyday Literacy. She is a Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning of Ohio State University College of Education. Dr. Pinnell has received the Ohio Governor's Award for service to education and numerous other honors.

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can work together in all areas of the literacy block.

Comprehension Clubs K–8

Bring deep discussion, reading, and thinking to students with engaging, high quality literature and informational text sets across multiple themes. Comprehension Clubs facilitates whole class interactive read alouds and student book clubs so students have opportunities to analyze across different texts, on the same theme, in a variety of settings.
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Everyday Literacy K–6

Real-life reading takes many forms, from menus to maps and more. Stimulate student interest and boost comprehension skills with Everyday Literacy, an informational text program designed for whole class, independent and partner reading. Engaging text themes, audio features, and technology and print activities inspire students to engage with multiple text types, becoming stronger, more confident readers.
scholastic.com/everydayliteracy

Scholastic Guided Reading Programs K–6

Differentiated instructional time is a key component to any literacy program. Scholastic Guided Reading Programs help readers process increasingly challenging, conceptually rich, complex texts. Scholastic Guided Reading supports all readers– challenged, gifted, and those for whom English is a target language.
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How These Programs Work Together

Whole Class

20–30 Minutes

Engage the entire class with Comprehension Clubs and Everyday Literacy! Read alouds, interactive whiteboard technology, and whole class instructional materials strengthen student comprehension and confidence in a whole class setting. Suggested implementation for these programs is 20-30 minutes per day, 4 days per week.

Small Group

20–30 Minutes

Differentiated instructional time is a key component to any literacy program. Scholastic Guided Reading programs help readers process strategically challenging texts.

Focus on building background knowledge and increasing text complexity with these programs for 20-30 minutes, 4 days per week.

Independent Reading,
Student Book Clubs & Media Centers

20–30 Minutes

Stimulate student interest and boost comprehension skills through audio, computer, and print activities. Comprehension Clubs and Everyday Literacy provide teachers and students with opportunities to engage with texts using multiple media and instructional formats, for 20-30 minutes per day, 4-5 days per week. Programs can be implemented simultaneously with rotating groups.