I'm trying to get ahead and plan a half-term's worth of guided reading sessions (hence my other post about Read and respond texts!) I'm trying to use some longer texts with my more able readers this year (Y3,4,5,6), and I'm starting off my top group on The Witches by Roald Dahl. I only have time for four sessions per week, for 20 minutes each. I have 4 groups, so the activities are: Guided reading with me Follow-up task Handwriting Word/Sentence/Text level work unrelated to guided reading book How do people manage reading longer texts with quite lengthy chapters? I've just read one chapter of The Witches at a slowish reading speed, and it took me 15 minutes. That only leaves 5 minutes for discussion. If I only get through one chapter per week, the book will last us for 22 weeks! Would it work if we read one chapter as part of a guided reading session, and then the children read the next two chapters silently instead of a follow-up task? That way we could get through 3 chapters per week. We could then read one shorter non-fiction text and therefore get through 2 texts in the term. My alternative is that the children pre-read 2 chapters per week where they would usually be doing their follow up work, having been given a reading focus. We then look again at those 2 chapters during guided reading time and discuss the text in relation to one AF. The small downside to this idea, which seems the most effective, would be that it would take 11 weeks to get throught the book - so only one text per term. Any thoughts?