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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 within each continua of learning across eight instructional contexts.

  • What is it?
    Literacy Continuum Editions
    Editions and Versions:
    • The Literacy Continuum, Paperback
    • The Literacy Continuum, Digital Edition
    • Continuo de la lectoescritura (NEW)
    • Continuo de la lectoescritura totalmente en español (NEW)

    The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition is a tool for assessment, planning, and teaching for grades PreK–8.

    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 grade and text 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, write and understand the text.

    The Literacy Continuum is a foundation for setting clear learning goals and planning specific lessons for students based on those goals.

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    The Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition Digital Sampler
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    Download this sampler to rediscover Fountas & Pinnell’s classic resource in a NEW Expanded Edition.

    Learn how the Literacy Continuum is more in-depth, more intuitive, and more essential than ever.

    • REDISCOVER the indispensable tool for targeted teaching
    • RECOGNIZE  detailed evidence of literacy learning
    • REINFORCE proficient literacy behaviors
    • REORGANIZED and REDESIGNED

     

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  • Who is it for?
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    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 powerful teaching of the behaviors and understandings that students must acquire to become highly effective users of oral and written language.

    Bilingual and Spanish-speaking teachers and leaders can use the Continuo de la lectoescritura and Continuo de la lectoescritura totalmente en español to construct a common vision for achievement in Spanish-speaking students across grade levels PreK-8.

    The Continuo is a Spanish reconstruction of The Literacy Continuum, creating a parallel and equitable tool for use in:

    • Spanish bilingual classrooms
    • Transitional bilingual classrooms
    • Dual-language English/Spanish programs in tandem with the English version of The Literacy Continuum
    • Immersion classrooms
  • What is inside?
    Interior Pages of The Literacy Continuum

    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
    • Writing
    • Oral and Visual Communication
    • Technological Communication
    • Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study
    • Guided Reading
  • How is it implemented?
    Student Assessment

    A Common Language for Coherent Instruction
    The Literacy Continuum is an educator’s essential resource for thinking together about literacy development.

    When everyone in the school uses the same literacy tools/language as they move from observation to instruction, a common conversation occurs. Examining and using The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum together, colleagues can discuss common expectations for student achievement and all students can benefit from coherent, efficient, and responsive instruction.

    Ways to Use The Literacy Continuum
    Ways to Use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition
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    This graphic shows different ways educators can use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition. The Literacy Continuum is educators’ essential tool for thinking together about literacy development. Examining and using The Literacy Continuum together, you and your colleagues can discuss common goals and expectations for student achievement and all students can benefit from coherent, efficient, and responsive instruction. 

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The bridge between assessment data and the specific teaching that students need

The Literacy Continuum

The Literacy Continuum is included in each Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS). The detailed teaching goals, linked with assessment data, allows the teacher to:

  • Recognize the literacy development of each student
  • Plan differentiated instruction for individuals, small groups, or a whole class
  • Identify students who need targeted intervention.

Assess your Spanish-speaking students with Sistema de evaluación de la lectura (SEL): a literacy assessment tool in Spanish that is meaningfully linked to classroom instruction.

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Fountas & Pinnell Classroom

The Literacy Continuum is the foundation of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™: a first-of-its-kind, cohesive system for high-quality, classroom-based literacy instruction for all children in grades PreK-6. The specific text demands, competencies, and behaviors to teach for, assess, and reinforce (at each grade and text level) inform and inhabit Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™.

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Editions and Versions

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum Paperback
The Literacy Continuum

More in-depth, more intuitive, and more essential than ever—The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition enables teachers to construct a common vision for student achievement that effectively and efficiently engages all students in the robust, authentic and meaningful literacy learning every child deserves.

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum Digital Edition
The Literacy Continuum, Digital Edition

In addition to the regular page-by-page navigation features of an eBook, The Literacy Continuum, Digital Edition includes:

  • easy-to-use navigation bar for efficient movement between and within continua
  • custom bookmarks for quick and frequent reference
  • highlight and notes features to emphasize your key points.

Also available in an eBook/Print Bundle

Continuo de la lectoescritura, Expanded Edition PreK-8
Continuo de la lectoescritura

With teacher information in English for the bilingual educator, Continuo de la lectoescritura, Grados PreK-8 provides a common vision of achievement for Spanish-speaking readers, writers, and language users, and informs every aspect of your literacy teaching, from assessment to responsive teaching.

Continuo de la lectoescritura totalmente en español, Expanded Edition PreK-8
Continuo Totalmente

With teacher information in Spanish for the Spanish-speaking educator, Continuo de la lectoescritura totalmente en español, Grados PreK-8 helps teachers and school leaders construct a common vision for literacy achievement in Spanish-speaking students across grade levels PreK-8.


Professional Development for The Continuum

Continuum Webinar

WEBINAR: A Deeper Dive into The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition
This webinar, hosted by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, will take you on a deeper exploration of The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. Learn how The Continuum is your roadmap for literacy acquisition in children over time. Watch The Continuum Webinar

Webinar: A Deeper Dive into The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition
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This webinar, hosted by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, will take you on a deeper exploration of The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. Learn how the Continuum is your roadmap for literacy acquisition in children over time.

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SEMINAR: Introduction to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition
Transform your literacy instruction with professional development on the tool that changed the landscape of literacy learning. Learn more about this seminar at Heinemann.com


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