Gear Up! With ELL PLUS

Grade Levels: K-3

The Gear Up! with ELL Plus guided reading program is a resource of exceptional guided reading fiction and nonfiction titles from Wright Group. This program is suitable for a diverse population of beginning readers, including children with little or no experience in reading, English language learners, children who are making regular progress learning to read, children who need a challenge in their reading instruction and children who are becoming fluent readers. Gear Up! with ELL Plus guided reading features:

  • 240 carefully leveled paired fiction and nonfiction books spanning 17 instructional levels
  • Research-based lesson plans in the best-practices guided reading format of Before, During, and After Reading
  • Comprehensive instruction focuses on the Five Essential Elements of reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary)
  • ELL Plus lesson plans enhance main lessons by providing additional support, especially in concept and vocabulary development
  • Gear Up! Digitized Library provides Internet access to all 240 titles with talking book format, comprehension and vocabulary activities and ELL support

Gear Up! With ELL PLUS

Components include:

Gear Up! Digitized Library

The Digitized Library is Internet-accessible and includes all 240 titles from the Gear Up! K-3 guided reading program in a digitized format. The library provides students with another opportunity to strengthen their reading and comprehension skills. Activities are designed to allow students to move at their own pace, providing effective support for differentiated instruction. Each digitized book includes a talking book format, activities, comprehension questions, and vocabulary and ELL support. A teacher management system is also included to assist with tracking student progress and monitoring ongoing assessment. The Digitized Library is sold by annual subscription.

Gear Up! with ELL Plus Guided Reading Overview

This comprehensive program overview introduces the guided reading process and offers suggestions for getting your classroom ready, conducting reading assessments to inform instruction, and placing students into the appropriate guided reading groups.

Gear Up! for Guided Reading DVD

Whether you are new to guided reading in your classroom or have been teaching it for some time, this video, written by master teachers and produced by professional development experts at Wright Group, will help you improve your classroom practice.

Gear Up! for Guided Reading covers these essential questions:

  • What do I need to do before I start guided reading groups?
  • Do I have all the components of reading in place?
  • How do I work with readers at different stages of development?
  • How do I place students in guided reading groups?
  • What does a guided reading lesson look like?
  • How does the guided reading lesson change from stage to stage?

Complete Guided Reading Kits with Guided Reading Lesson Plans and ELL Plus Lesson Plans

Each complete Guided Reading Kit with Guided Reading Lesson Plans and ELL Plus Lesson Plans contains:

  • 6 each of 16 titles
  • 6-panel Guided Reading lesson plan on cardstock for each title
  • 6-panel ELL Plus lesson plan on cardstock for each title
  • Gear Up! Guided Reading Overview
  • Gear Up! for Guided Reading DVD

Guided Reading Kits

Each complete Guided Reading Kit contains:

  • 6 each of 16 titles
  • 6-panel lesson plan on cardstock for each title
  • Gear Up! Guided Reading Overview
  • Gear Up! for Guided Reading DVD

Guided Reading Kits are available in the following configurations:

  1. Complete Guided Reading Kit with Guided Reading Lesson Plans and ELL Plus Lesson Plans (components listed above)
  2. Kit with Guided Reading Lesson Plans (does not include ELL Plus lesson plans)
  3. Leveled Library (one copy each of 16 titles)
  4. Guided Reading Lesson Plan Set (one each of 16 lesson plans)
  5. ELL Plus Lesson Plan Set (one each of 16 ELL Plus lesson plans for customers who have already purchased guided reading kits)

* Please note that ELL Plus lesson plans are designed for use along with, not instead of, the guided reading lesson plans.

Early Emergent kits include titles in Levels A–D. Early Emergent books feature:

  • Well-spaced large print
  • Consistent text placement
  • Direct match of text and illustrations
  • Story line found in text as well as illustrations
  • Repetition of phrases, patterns, and high-frequency words
  • Some variations in sentence structure
  • Stories have a simple beginning, middle, and ending
  • Surprise endings or twists

Upper Emergent kits include titles in Levels E–J. Upper Emergent books feature:

  • Variety of font and text placement
  • Table of contents, glossary, index, captions with phrases and/or sentences in nonfiction
  • Illustrations are detailed and provide moderate to minimal support
  • Detailed illustrations depict characters, setting, and events
  • Frequent use of known and unknown high-frequency words
  • Variety in syntax and word tenses
  • Some complex structures with compound sentences
  • Moderately complex story structures with problem/solution emphasized
  • Characters and events increasingly developed

Early Fluency kits include titles in Levels K–N. Early Fluency books feature:

  • Decreased print size
  • Paragraphs are set off with some paragraphs indented
  • Wide variety of graphic organizers in nonfiction
  • Illustrations extend and support the text and enhance plot
  • More challenging high-frequency words introduced
  • Use of literary language
  • Complex sentence structures
  • Conflict/resolution introduced
  • Wide variety of text features and genres

The Fluency kit includes titles in Levels O–Q. Fluency books feature:

  • Longer and more developed paragraphs and sections
  • Decreased print size
  • Illustrations provide limited support, and are used to create interest, enhance meaning, and convey information
  • Mix of photos, illustrations, and graphic organizers on single spread in nonfiction
  • Challenging high-frequency words occur naturally in text
  • Use of descriptive and figurative language with elaboration and details
  • Comprehensive development of literary elements
  • Many new and unfamiliar concepts

Step-by-step lesson plans help you scaffold support so instruction is tailored to each student's ability level. Before, during, and after reading exercises – including a reinforcement activity page – provide explicit skills instruction in the five essential elements of reading: Phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, comprehension strategies, and oral reading fluency.