Reading and Writing Workshops
Our classroom literacy instruction consists of speaking, listening, viewing activities, word study, and workshops for reading and writing.
We have daily oral and written practice with letters and letter sounds, instruction and practice of phonics, spelling, grammar, and handwriting during this time.
Reading instruction takes place with the whole class, small groups,
partners, and individual students.
Structure of our Readers' Workshop
Minilesson - The teacher instructs the whole class on a skill, strategy, or habit that students need to learn and use during independent reading. A mini-lesson connects to a previous lesson, ongoing unit of study, student work or student experience. The teaching point is stated clearly and demonstrated or modeled. Students are actively engaged in trying out the skill or strategy, watching a demonstration, or planning work out loud.
Independent Reading - Students
independently read Just-Right or Good Fit Books
they have previously chosen from the classroom library. A portion of
the time also may be for partners to read together and/or discuss
their reading. The teacher has brief instructional conferences with
a few individual students and guided reading with small group(s).
Shared reading allows students to participate in reading material that may be beyond their reading levels. The teacher models a reading strategy to the whole class using enlarged text (ex. big books, basal anthology story, morning message on chart paper, Smart board message). Students all have access to and can interact with the text.
The teacher reads a selection to the class from a book, magazine,
poem or other print material for a specific purpose. It's an
opportunity for teachers to model reading fluency and
reading/writing strategies. This can be done at any part of the
is designed to help students learn how to problem solve increasingly
challenging texts with understanding and fluency.
Students are grouped and regrouped according to ongoing observation and assessment by the teacher. The amount of support given by the teacher varies with the reading skill of students in a group. Each child is responsible for problem solving the entire text (or portion of it if reading a longer book) with support from the teacher as needed.
While the children are reading independently, the teacher provides direct instruction to a group of students (guided reading) or to individual students (conferences). These conferences have a certain structure to be effective.
Writers' Workshop has a similar format to Readers' Workshop. It begins with a brief instructional lesson with the whole class, time for students to write, and then ends up with a sharing time. Students are thinking about writing, talking about writing, reading about writing, but mostly... doing the writing during this time! Writing Workshop includes instruction through shared, interactive, or independent writing, writing process, and grammar.
Structure of our Writers Workshop