In the past I myself embraced what Fountas and Pinnel called “a balanced literacy approach.” Under this model classroom reading would be made up of the following components:
- independent reading (at the student’s independent reading level)
- guided reading of a whole-group text (at median instructional reading level for class)
- teacher read aloud (slightly above median instructional level).
The common core call for increased text complexity seems to fit well with the “guided reading” portion of the block.