Reading Workshop--Managing the reading
One format that teachers utilize to teach reading is called Reading Workshop
or Reader’s Workshop. Often a 60-minute block is set aside (although
this can be adapted to be shorter or longer) and broken into the following
15-20 minutes: Whole-class mini-lesson
30-40 minutes: Small-group and individual work Any combination of the following:
Conferring with students
Guided reading lessons
5-10 minutes: Group
Questions to think about:
What are the advantages to using
this format? The disadvantages?
If you are using a basal, could
this format be modified to meet your needs or could the basal lessons
and activities fit into this format?
What element(s) would you be
willing to try right away? How could you work that into your daily schedule?
Could you try this format for
a genre or theme study? What might that look like?
Books to help you learn even more about reading workshop:
Fountas, I.C., & Pinnell, G.S. (2001). Guiding readers and writers grades 3-6: Teaching comprehension, genre, and content literacy. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Hansen, J. (2001). When writers read (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Hindley, J. (1996). In the company of children. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.
Miller, D. (2002). Reading with meaning: Teaching comprehension in the primary grades. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.
Serafini, F. (2001). The reading workshop: Creating space for readers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Taberski, S. (2000). On solid ground: Strategies for teaching reading K-3. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Key Words: management, reading, mini-lessons,