A Balanced Literacy Program


    The structure for my reading program is a workshop format.  Students are taught to read independently using strategies modeled in mini-lessons, read alouds, small groups, and in individual conferences.  Reader's Workshop emphasizes the importance of student engagement and the interaction between reader and text.  The main purpose is to foster independence among readers. 

    The following are a list of the components of our Reader's Workshop: 

    Read Aloud: A read-aloud is a daily occurrence.  It is an activity in which the teacher reads a book aloud to the whole group.  The purpose of the read-aloud is to model appropriate reading behaviors and reading strategies.  It also creates a community of readers through enjoyment and shared knowledge. 

    Guided Reading: It is when the teacher works with a small group of students that are on the same reading level. Each student usually has their own text and the teacher works with the students on skills depending on their needs, whether it is phonemic awareness, work attack skills, fluency, or reading comprehension.  The purpose of guided reading is to support and encourage the development of strategies for independent reading. 

    Independent Reading: Independent reading is a time for students to read a wide range of materials. Students choose text based on their reading level and interests. Independent reading provides children time to sustain reading behavior and the opportunity to practice reading strategies independently. 

    Shared Reading: Student read along with the teacher who models reading strategies. It provides opportunity to participate and behave like a reader. 

    Book Club:  An overall goal of these groups is to discuss books as adult readers do in adult book clubs.  Students talk with one another about the book and develop a deeper understanding of the things they read.  Literature study helps students connect complex concepts and ideas to their own lives and encourages them to become lifelong readers.