A book is a dream
that you hold
in your hand"
5 Basic Principles of Reading Workshop:
1. Time - Students need time to both look through books and read independently
2. Choice - Students get to choose the books that they will read independently
3. Response - Students frequently respond to what they are reading in their journals and through discussions
4. Community - Each student is both a learner and teacher; we can learn from one another how to become better readers.
5. Structure - It is important to understand the value of silent reading, sharing, and listening to our peers
Routine of Reading Workshop
* Mini-Lesson - A short lesson that focuses on some aspect of literature or a reading strategy.
* Independent Reading - Students independently read texts at their "just right" levels. As they read, they record their thinking on post-it notes and/or in their reading response journals. Students should actively apply the strategies that they learn through mini-lessons and conferences with the teacher.
* Conferencing - During independent reading time, the teacher engages in student conferences to focus on the successful implementation of reading strategies (one-on-one, guided reading groups, strategy groups).
* Sharing - Time where students share their journal entries or thinking and constructive feedback is given.