What Are the Structures of a Reading Workshop?
Generally approx. 10 minutes in duration
Explicit, direct instruction
Classroom system for borrowing and returning books needs to be in place
Read “just right” books that are self-selected
Record what they are reading in a Reading Log
Use strategies taught in today’s minilesson and in those previously taught
Read silently and/or with a partner “long and strong”
Confers with students / partnerships
Instructs small groups (guided reading and/or strategy groups)
Facilitates Book Club Discussions (usually during the second half of the year)
Students “grow ideas” by using prompts, notes from their post-its, etc. to talk about their reading
Partners are generally at similar reading levels and are “long term”
Partnerships may be combined to form Reading Clubs (usually done later on in the year)
Mid Workshop Teaching Point
Typically comes out of what the teacher notices about students’ reading work during the independent or partner work time.
Can be used to refocus students
Can be optional
Whole class conversation usually related to the teaching point / focus of the minilesson
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