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    Reading Workshop
    By Cathy

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    I use a reading workshop structure with my second grade class in PA. The structure is as follows:
    Modeling: I begin each morning by modeling a comprehension strategy with the whole group. Typically, I will state the strategy that I am working on and apply the strategy using a think aloud technique. I want to make my thinking visible at this point in time so the strategies could be viewed by all.

    Next, I give each student a book mark with that particular strategy written on it and I instruct the class to apply the strategy while reading. They need to mark the area of the text where the strategy was applied and be prepared to reflect upon their learning at the conclusion of reading workshop. (Students read independently selected material on their independent level)

    At this point in time I pull small guided reading groups aside to conduct a comprehension study in a small group. This is based upon two factors; the level of the individuals in the group as well as the strategy that needs improvement.

    I also, try to conference with one or two students after the guided session. Usually I will conduct a running record assessment with one or two students during conferencing or I will do a comprehension check.

    At the conclusion of Reading Workshop the whole group reconvenes on the rug to discuss the strategy they used and how it was applied during their reading.

    Book Recommendations:
    The Mosaic of Thought
    Snapshots: Using mini lessons to teach reading effectivity
    On Solid Ground by Sharon Taberski
    Guided reading by Fountas and Pennel

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