Also known as
Reader's Workshop, this page provides information, resources,
and ideas for implementation in the classroom!
The Reading Workshop is a
teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for
reading and comprehension. The workshop model allows teachers to
differentiate and meet the needs of all their students. Reading
Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to
practice reading strategies independently and with guidance. This
workshop model is similar to the Writing Workshop model.
Many school districts use
the Reading Workshop Model but there are other models of literacy
instruction as well. Please see Balanced
Literacy Framework page for more information on another literacy
model of instruction. If you plan to use the Reading Workshop Model, you should teach phonics and word
work at another time.
This page gives a basic
overview of the Reading Workshop.
the Reading Workshop:
5 - 10
Read-aloud (can be in conjunction with mini-lesson)
30 - 60 minutes
Independent Reading & Conferring
Response and Reflection
each component: From Revisiting The Reading Workshop
mini-lessons for the Reading Workshop teach concepts, strategies,
and techniques for reading and comprehension while encouraging
students to read and interact with good literature. The 10-15
minute mini-lessons gives teachers the opportunity to give direct
instruction to students and model the lessons using authentic
literature. Sample mini-lessons can include:
read-aloud 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 is
also a time to expose children to a variety of genres and literary
styles. The teacher has an opportunity to show students the
joys of reading and teach them how to think and discuss text.
Teachers should have a set purpose for each read-aloud and should
read with the proper fluency, rhythm, and intonation.
The read aloud
can be used in conjunction with the mini-lesson. It provides
students with the opportunity to see the teacher model the lesson
using an authentic text.
Reading is the heart of the Reading Workshop. This is the time
when students practice strategies modeled in the mini-lesson or
practice reading. Students can read alone, in pairs, or in
small response groups.
Teachers have the opportunity to
confer with students or teach guided reading lessons or have a
small-group lesson on a specific strategy or skill. Teachers
can also do various assessments such as running records, retellings,
or keeping anecdotal notes on children's progress.
reading is a form of small group instruction -- 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
reading is done during independent reading.
For more on guided reading, go to the Guided Reading
Response & Reflection:
need opportunities to respond and reflect about what they are
reading. It helps clarify their thinking, ponder questions, and
develop divergent thinking.
There are many ways students can respond to text:
share connections made with text
use a reader's response journal to
write responses and reactions while they are reading or afterwards
keep a reading log
respond to directions given by
teacher (i.e. write a summary, fill in a character map, etc.)
have conversations with teacher or
classmates about their reading
regroups to discuss what they learned or did in their groups,
such as which strategies they employed for reading, or
projects they worked on. Share time is VERY IMPORTANT and
should not be skipped. Some of the benefits include:
a way to assess what
students have and have not learned.
students learn to listen, think, and
talk about their learning
keeps kids on task, knowing that they
will have to discuss their work during share time
Some great strategies for sharing
Knee to knee: partners go knee to
knee to discuss a teacher's question or share what they learned/did
in Reading Workshop.
Individual Share: teacher asks
one student to share something they practiced that the teacher
noticed during Reading Workshop.
Group Share: Have students
sit in groups to have discussion on a topic or a strategy.