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Reading Workshop Guidelines
Posted by:JKB #115770

I just made a new poster relating to Reading Workship Guidelines in my classroom. Maybe these will give you some ideas:

Choose books BEFORE Reading Workshop time.
Settle into Reading Workshop quickly and quietly.
Use Reading Workshop time wisely. Read silently, write literature responses, or take Accelerated Reader tests when it is your turn.
Write thoughtful Literature Responses and complete your daily Reading Workshop Log.
Work quietly without disturbing others. Remember Reading Workshop is a QUIET TIME each day.In my room, I have a "Book Nook", which has a comfortable love seat in it. I also have bean bags and cushions. During Reading Workshop, I allow 1/5th of my class use them each day of the week, so that everyone gets a chance once a week to comfortably...

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Readers Workshop
Posted by:Jaime #83811

I teach second grade but also check out the third grade board. Since the first day of school my children have been having Independent Reading time for 20-30 minutes. We set up a rubric that has helped a lot. At the end of each day they record on a calander how they think their day was and I record how I thought their day was.

A huge smiley face is an amazing day. The child read the entire time and stayed in one good spot.

A small smiley face is a wow day. The child read most of the time and stayed in one good spot.

A squiggly face is a so-so day. The child wasted a little precious time and/or moved out of their spot.

A stragiht line face is an oops day. The child wasted precious reading time and/or moved around a lot.

Their is no...

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Reader's Workshop
Posted by:dlynneteacher #120734

Reader's Workshop is the big umbrella of your reading program. Reader's Workshop begins with a teacher read aloud to the whole group emphasizing a particular reading skill or reading strategy or reviewing/continued work on one. During this time, I focus on doing a lot of think alouds and anchor charts to teach the reading skill or strategy.
Next I break my whole group into small groups-i.e. the guided reading portion of reading workshop. It is exactly what you have put in your post, you meet with one group at a time, the other groups are at literacy centers. Then we come back together as a whole group to share a few students' examples of their reading with respect to the reading strategy or skill.
You probably already do this. In my class I have the beginning whole group and then I can only...

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Reading Workshop
Posted by:Cathy #76375

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...

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Reading Workshop
Posted by:LR #74192

I do small groups. The students who are working at their desk are to do the following: read quietly, make connections in their Reader's notebooks, and get up ONLY to get a tissue or take an Accelerated Reader Quiz. (They must wait until the end of Reading Workshop to use the restroom). Also, they know that I am not available for questions or help during this time. This has worked well for me. I only had to talk to certain students about being on task/no talking for the first week. After that, they all knew the routine & followed it.

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Reading Workshop
Posted by:Heather McKinsey #85963

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...

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F & P Reader's Workshop
Posted by:Elaine #58725


I started implementing F&P-style reader's workshop last year after reading and discussing the book here on the Teachers As Readers Board. I had great success with the independent reading component simply by following the 20-day plan in the book. (I think that's what they called it. I don't have my book here in front of me right now.) The plan clearly outlines how to get kids started reading independently -- how to choose a just right book, write a lit response letter, how to keep records, etc.

I'd follow that plan if I were you. The goal is to prepare students for working independently so that you can call together guided reading groups, conference with individuals, or meet with lit study groups. It's well worth the time spent "training" them.

I didn't feel I did the guided reading component well at all, so this...

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Readers Workshop
Posted by:Jaime #91449

I use readers in my classroom starting the first day of school. I start my workshop with a stratagy lesson that often gives the children a job or something to think abotu while reading (write a meaningful text to self connection, mark a page where you have a strong visual image, list words that you have to infer the meaning of). After a mini lesson my children then independently read for 30-45 minutes. During this time they are reading out of their own book basket.

Every Friday they choose "just right" books to fill their basket for the following week. I have good sized classroom library with fiction, nonfiction, and poetry shelves. The fiction and nonfiction are sorted by GRL into buckets. Series are kept together by cardstock dividers. The poetry shelf has song baskets, easy poetry, funny poetry, serious poetry, and...

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reader's workshop
Posted by:Mary #92150

is a great way to differentiate for the needs of your students. Kids self-select a book (you may want to specify genre) and basically, they come to class and read. You should conference with each student about twice a week (noting, in writing, how many pages they've read since the last conference--this keeps them accountable). A conference should only take a couple of minutes, basically just touching base about the book. I have my kids in RW write me a number of letters. We're starting up again on Monday, as a matter of fact, and they will be required, over the course of the next three weeks, to write me three letters (one a week). One must address characterization, one must address literary elements, such as foreshadowing and symbolism/metaphor and one must address the theme or...

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Reading Workshop
Posted by:MrsT #71439

If done correctly, the mini lesson segment of reading workshop addresses "skills" but in the context of real literature which is more meaningful to students. The challenge is to encourage students to apply these skills in their independent reading. This can only happen if students are really reading "just right" books that aren't too challenging so that the student can practice these new skills yet allow growth.

Most reading workshops also include guided reading where the teacher can address specific needs using focus lessons and common texts.

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reader's workshop
Posted by:Ashley Baumgarten #68712

I am currently using reader's workshop in my classroom and have found great success from this style of teaching. It allows the teacher to conference (teach) with individual students while they do independent reading, after the mini-lesson. Guided reading is still a major component of Readers workshop so after my students complete 20 minutes of independent reading they do a partner share, then reading/literacy centers or guided reading. Since the studnets are reading for so much of the 90 minute block, they typically only get to one center. Two great books for understanding or learing about the effectiveness of Reader's Worshop is Reading With Meaning by Debbie Miller and the Art of Teaching Reading by Lucy Calkins.
I also have been through extensive traning in Writer's Workshop so I have a pretty concrete understing of Workshop style teaching and basically run my entire day this way.

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Readers Workshop
Posted by:pmpkin #136356

My reader's workshop lasts about 75 minutes.
I usually spend 10-20 minutes on mini-lesson
the class reads independently while I pull guided reading groups-as much as I try, I can only seem to get two groups in each day (20 min. per group) *with my low group-I spend some time with vocabulary/decoding/word work but with all of the others we work on employing all strategies needed before, during, after reading. For the most part, students read silently to a certain stopping point then record thoughts or discuss.
I always spend at least 10 minutes as a group share-I get so much information about their ind. reading during this discussion time

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Posted by:Shelly #79614

Hi, I teach first grade and I teach by workshop.. Readers Workshop and Writers Workshop. I think that is the only way to go! I used to teach with centers, but I felt I was doing so much busy work trying to get things ready everyday and also I felt I didn't know how the kids were really doing...
So last year I switched to workshops. Are you familiar? They are broken into 3 slots
1. focus lesson
2. gove it a go
3. share
I don't teach with Basals but books that I have in my library or borrow from our first grade book room. So for the first few months the kids will just be exploring schema and then I will integrate their writing. I hope I'm not confusiong you.... Please let me know if you like what I'm doing and I can go into more depth.
Some good...

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Grades for Reader's Workshop
Posted by:5thGrdTeachTN #123213

My district requires the use of Open Court Reading, but during the independent work time that is prescribed through OCR my school implements RW. Our reading grade is a 50/50 compilation of the grades in both areas. My RW grades are comprised of the following:

*Nightly Reading Responses (2 points each if expectations were met, 3 points if they were exceeded and 1 point if the response did not meet expectations)
*Book Projects (25-50 points each graded by a rubric)
*Classwork-may be a response, chart, graphic organizer, etc. (5-10
points each)
*Literature Circle Packet/test (usually only in the 3rd and/or 4h marking
period 50-100 points)

Between these things I usually have about 200-300 points to work with and added to the other reading grade works pretty well.

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reading without books
Posted by:Sandy #11840

You could also do a Reading workshop. Check out various levels of books from your school library. Then let each child read a book of choice sitting anywhere in the room for say 15 minutes. I would start out with a whole group mini could be on sequencing, cause and effect whatever skill you want to work on. Then let them break up and read silently. During this time I meet with each group (a different one every day). We share about the books we are reading (author, title, and something that has happened so far. Then the others in the group are given about two minutes to ask questions and then it is the next person's turn. Then call the students back together for a whole class activity. On Monday's we would do Making Big Words, on Tuesday's we wrote to our journal buddies about what...

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Reading and Writing Workshop
Posted by:Maria #86866

I just started using reading and writing workshop this year. One of the most important things before implementing this program is ORGANIZATION! All my books are leveled and each student has a small bag that holds 3 to 4 books. They "shop" for new books each week on a rotating schedule. I began the workshop with a mini-lesson about specific reading strategies then students go to their reading spots around the room. During this 45 minute blocks students read independently, read with a partner, have books talks with a partner, or write a reading reponse. While this is happening I have guided reading groups or conferences with individual students. It is important that

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