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Second Edition of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom

Heinemann is launching the second edition of two of the most popular components of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom (FPC): Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading K–3, available in August, and Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Guided Reading K–3, available this fall, from Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Built upon a strong research base, the second edition adds new embedded phonics practice, new instructional routines for increased ease of use, and new digital tools to enhance teaching and learning. This updated edition should be easier and more powerful for teachers to use in the classroom.

FPC is a comprehensive, multitext approach to literacy instruction for all students comprising eight components, including Guided Reading and Shared Reading, designed to support whole-group, small-group, and independent learning opportunities. It is available modularly, allowing schools to select all the essential elements of comprehensive literacy or individual components to strengthen curriculum already in use in their classrooms. The second edition will include additional phonics practice and intensify the foundational literacy skills taught, including phonemic awareness, comprehension, vocabulary, language skills, and fluency, while providing students with authentic experiences with engaging fiction and nonfiction texts when learning to read. Designed to work with a dedicated research-based phonics curriculum—either Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System or another phonics program—Shared Reading K–3 and Guided Reading K–3 provide opportunities for students to apply and practice foundational literacy skills within authentic reading and writing. The lessons and oral reading recording forms have also been updated to ensure that teachers are using phonics instruction to help students decode words and reserving the use of meaning, structure, and nonletter visual information to assist in the development of comprehension skills.

Fountas & Pinnell will also be making several other components available to new grade levels, including Fountas & Pinnell Writing Minilessons Grade 4, Fountas & Pinnell Writing Minilessons Grade 5, and Fountas & Pinnell Writer’s Notebook for grade 3–4 and 5–6 (available in English and Spanish), which will be made available for the 2023–2024 school year.

“These updates reflect the latest research and findings from our work with teachers in real classrooms. We have long endorsed strong, isolated instruction in phonics and decoding and also know that students need opportunities to apply what they have learned in the context of meaningful reading, writing, and language—it is this consistent, authentic skill application that ensures lasting learning,” said Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. “The new editions of Guided Reading and Shared Reading for K–3 have even more embedded phonics practice, providing students with many opportunities to use explicit phonics throughout the day. We are constantly examining the latest research around the most successful ways to teach literacy and help children learn to read and infusing those evidence-based practices into our curriculum.”

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