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Envision the ideal design for literacy instruction in your school. What are your values and vision for the literacy lives of the students in your classroom? What student resources are in your classroom? What teaching tools and professional learning opportunities do you need for your own growth?

Turning a literacy vision into action requires the process design---a plan for a system that works in a coherent way, where every component fits together in a streamlined whole to reflect a transformative vision of literacy education.

Your classroom is a place where students learn how to read, write, and expand all of their language skills, but it is much more. It is a place where they learn how to be confident, self-determined, curious, kind, and literate members of a community.

  • What is it?
  • Who is it for?
  • What’s inside?
  • How is it implemented?

What is it?

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Put expertise into action with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™: a first-of-its-kind, cohesive system for high-quality classroom-based literacy instruction. Learning deepens when students think, talk, read, and write about authentic texts across many different instructional contexts. Ignite learning with thousands of student texts, lessons, and resources to be used during these major instructional contexts:


1. Interactive Read-Aloud
2. Reading Minilessons
3. Shared Reading
4. Phonics/Spelling/Word Study Lessons


5. Guided Reading
6. Book Clubs/Literature Discussion


7. Independent Reading

Each grade level (K–6) will also include:

  • Essential Questions and Inquiry-Based Learning Opportunities
  • Writing About Reading
  • Interactive Writing

Plus, Professional tools, resources, and learning opportunities for teachers

Who is it for?

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is a cohesive, multi-text approach to literacy instruction for all students in grades PreK–6. This systemic approach to classroom-based literacy instruction consists of books, classroom library collections, lessons and conferring cards, sets of minilessons, opportunities for varied talk structures, professional tools, and professional learning opportunities for teachers in PreK through grade six. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is organized into instructional contexts for teachers looking for an authentic, comprehensive approach to literacy instruction. This multi-text approach honors teacher decision making and the development of a community of readers and writers. Every component of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ fits together as a whole to reflect a transformative design for language and literacy instruction.


What’s inside?

Your classroom is a place where students learn how to read, write, and expand all of their language skills, but it is much more. It is a place where they learn how to be confident, self-determined, curious, kind, and literate members of a community. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ provides the opportunity

for students to:

  • see themselves reflected in the books they read and write about
  • grow as thoughtful users of literacy
  • engage in real reading, writing, and thinking

and for teachers to:

  • work at the cutting edge of students' learning
  • support independence and student agency
  • understand the critical role of responsive teaching in leading literacy learning forward.

How is it implemented?

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is available for grades PreK–3 with grades 4-6 releasing in fall 2019. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is organized into instructional contexts that include books, lessons or conferring cards, and sets of minilessons for a systematic and cohesive approach to literacy instruction.

Interactive Read-Aloud Icon Interactive Read-Aloud - The very best age-appropriate, grade-appropriate trade books to promote the joy of reading, expand vocabulary, and nurture the ability to think, talk, and write about texts that fully engage students’ interest.

  • 120 titles per grade PreK–6
  • Lesson folder per title

Shared Reading Icon Shared Reading - An exquisite collection of original texts (enlarged and accompanying small versions) that nurture students’ ability to construct meaning in a supported context so they can enjoy reading and learn critical concepts of how texts work.

  • 200 titles spanning grades PreK–3
  • Lesson folder per title

Guided Reading Icon Guided Reading - The most powerful and engaging authentic, original texts to build each student’s ability to process increasingly challenging books with fluency and comprehension. Build a rich guided reading collection over time with:

  • 50 titles per level A–Z on the F&P Text Level Gradient™
  • Lesson folder per title

Independent Reading Icon Independent Reading - A carefully curated collection of authentic children’s literature that provides the opportunity for students to develop tastes as readers and to read a large number of self-selected books independently. With accompanying context cards, you can make specific teaching points in brief conferences that lead the individual reader forward.

  • 150 titles per grade K–2
  • 200 titles per grade 3–6
  • Conferring card per title

Book Clubs Icon Book Clubs/Literature Discussion - An authentic opportunity to bring students together for in-depth discussion of a captivating trade book they have read in order to extend thinking and learn about themselves as readers.

  • 32 titles per grade K–3
  • 48 titles per grade 4–6
  • Facilitator card per title

Reading Minilessons Icon Reading Minilessons - Lessons in Literacy: From Interactive Read-Aloud to Independent Reading contains 150 brief, whole-class lessons  per grade K–6 on the topics of management, genre, and literary analysis.

Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Icon Phonics, Spelling and Word Study - Brief lessons for either whole- or small-group instruction that help students attend to, learn about, and efficiently use sounds, letters, and words.