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    Reading Workshop
    By Heather McKinsey

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    I use reading workshop in my class. I have them separated into small groups. Eventually the groups will get to pick their own books, but I picked the first for them. We are doing Charlotte's Web. I try to meet with 2 groups a day 3 days a week. In our group, we talk about what was read last time, new vocabulary, or you can do spelling patterns that may be in the story, and then I have them read. When they are done with the assigned reading I give them a writing assignment about what they read. Sometimes it is personal and sometimes it is about the story. This is a time when you can teach the group little mini-lesson, you can teach them how a good reader looks for details, you can work with summary, etc. I keep track of each group with a chart. My students love it. It involves all of them and the groups who need the extra work, you just meet with them more often. Hope this gives you some ideas.

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