This year, we will be using Reader’s Workshop as a guide on our journey to becoming life-long book lovers and expert readers!
Reader's Workshop is a framework for reading instruction that is focused on fostering a love of reading by providing students with authentic reading experiences in a supportive environment.
Each day, Reader’s Workshop begins with a teacher-directed mini-lesson, introducing a specific skill, strategy, or behavior that will help students become strategic readers. This skill is then modeled for students through a read/think aloud, using quality literature. Students then spend an extended amount of time applying these skills and strategies as they read texts that interest them. At the conclusion of the workshop, they have the opportunity to talk about literature and share what they learned, what worked for them, their struggles, exciting moments, and new discoveries.
The workshop model gives all students the chance to practice applying reading strategies both independently and with guidance. Through one-on-one meetings, supplemental strategy groups, and guided reading, the teacher is able to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all readers.
Some Key Features of Reader’s Workshop:
* Students are given time to choose books, read, think about their reading, and interact with others to discuss what they have read.
* Students are given the power of CHOICE. They choose the books they read, their purpose for reading a particular book, and the strategies they use to help them comprehend.
* Students develop a sense of responsibility for their learning and their interactions with the teacher and fellow students by setting goals, tracking progress, and assessing their success.
* The classroom structure allows students opportunities to work with the teacher, each other, as well as independently when reading.
* A supportive community fosters diversity and the development of self-confidence and self-esteem.
* Reader’s Workshop is rigorous and challenging, with clear expectations for students’ accomplishment.
Reader’s Workshop empowers students to:
* view reading as a meaning-making process, as opposed to one about words and word parts.
* identify and talk about many beloved titles, authors, and genres.
* independently choose books of interest at their reading level
* self-monitor for understanding and use fix-up strategies when necessary.
* engage in meaningful reading for a sustained period of time and then discuss and think about books with others.