'Reader's Workshop' Reader's Workshop is a highly successful approach to reading based on the belief that students need time independently reading books each day to become successful readers. The approach also fosters choice for students in the books they read and the correct selection of the books. The format of the workshop looks like this:
Mini Lesson: This is the opening of the workshop where I use a read aloud to explain how readers figure out words or comprehend text. The students have a practice at the skill we are talking about right here in the lesson before the independent reading time. The lesson concludes with a suggestion to do this all the time when you are reading.
Independent Time: Students will be reading from their book bags during this time and will also have writing materials to respond to what they have read.Students have opportunities to read with a partner and use the listening station at times.
Conferences: The students meet with me as needed for an individual conference and new skill development.
Guided Groups: Students will be meeting with me in small groups for instruction in text at their level.
Book Clubs: Student groups are formed based on interest and become more independent discussing reactions and comprehension of text.
Share Time: To conclude the workshop we all gather back on the rug and discuss successful habits that the students have used in their reading focusing on the strategy from the mini lesson of that day.
I'm sure you will hear a lot about our workshop as the year goes on and the class grows as readers! Check out the topics section to see some of the skills we will focus on!