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         Reading Workshop is an organized language and literacy block in which individual students are busily engaged in reading that reflects real life; that is, they are reading in ways that match what readers do all their lives. Guiding Readers and Writers, pg. 41

    The 3 components of Reading Workshop are

    • Independent Reading (individual)
    • Literature Study (whole class)
    • Guided Reading (small group)


    Independent Reading

         Independent Reading is a time for students to choose books with the aid of the teacher as necessary and read independently and silently in class. The teacher conducts mini-lessons and holds conferences with students that will develop the skills, habits, and processing strategies that readers use every day.



    • Develop readers’ interests and broaden their experience with a variety of texts.
    • Deliver instruction through minilessons on management, reading strategies and skills, and literary analysis to develop a students’ reading over time.
    • Assess and strengthen individual reading
    • Enjoy reading


    Literature Study

         Literature Study is a small, heterogeneous group of students that read the same text and then meet to have an in-depth discussion about the material. Typically, the groups range from 4-6 students. As students prepare for discussion, they will respond to their reading in their Reader’s Notebook and use sticky notes to document important information that they want to discuss with their group. The teacher will conduct mini-lessons throughout the unit of study to help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for literature.



    • Enable readers to develop a deeper understanding of the materials they read.


    Guided Reading

        Guided Reading is small, homogeneous group instruction with students that read the same text on the same level. These students demonstrate similar reading behaviors and share similar instructional needs. Ideally, small groups consist of 3-4 students. These groups are meant to shift throughout the year as students’ growth and needs change.



    • Create small, homogeneous, flexible groups to explicitly teach effective processing strategies for fiction and nonfiction texts.


    Genre Study

    • Realistic Fiction
    • Author Study (ex: Eve Bunting)
    • Traditional Literature (folktales, myths, etc)
    • Biography
    • Informational Non-Fiction
    • Narrative Non-Fiction
    • Historical Fiction
    • Immigration Research
    • Poetry

    Mini-lessons typicall focus on...

    • inferencing
    • character
    • theme
    • author's message
    • point of view
    • structure
    • main idea/supporting details
    • vocabulary
    • connections
    • author's craft
    • responding to reading