The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum
Proficient readers and writers display recognizable behaviors at every phase of literacy learning. When teachers notice, teach, and support these behaviors, they link assessment to responsive teaching. This indispensable literacy tool identifies the behaviors that demonstrate thinking and understanding within, beyond, and about a text. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum identifies these behaviors are described as continua of learning across eight instructional contexts.
What is it?
There has never been a more comprehensive resource available to teachers that does what The Literacy Continuum does - provide specific behaviors and understandings that are required at each level for students to demonstrate thinking within, beyond, and about the text. These behaviors and understandings describe what students will be expected to do in order to effectively read and understand the text.
Who is it for?
Fountas and Pinnell created The Literacy Continuum to help teachers and school leaders construct a common vision for student achievement across grade levels PreK–8. With this shared vision, teachers and school leaders can work together to provide the powerful teaching of the behaviors and understandings that students must acquire to become highly effective users of oral and written language. The Literacy Continuum is a foundation for setting clear learning goals and planning specific lessons for students based on those goals.
What is inside?
Each continua focuses on an area of the language arts curriculum. Eight continua provide grade-level expectations and the eighth, the Guided Reading continua, is organized according to the F&P Text Level Gradient™.
- Interactive Read-Aloud and Literature Discussion
- Shared and Performance Reading
- Writing about Reading
- Oral and Visual Communication
- Technological Communication
- Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study
- Guided Reading
How is it implemented?
The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition is a tool for assessment, planning, and teaching for grades PreK–8.