Workshop: Essential Reading Experiences
As you conduct a workshop, choose reading experiences that enable
you to interact with students and monitor their progress. The reading
experiences that drive my workshop are:
daily read-alouds introduce students to a variety of genres,
improve listening and recall skills, and enable the teacher to think
aloud and model reading strategies.
Mini-Lessons: demonstrate reading strategies and how they can
help solve reading problems. These can be whole or small group or
for the one student who needs more explanation.
Practice: the whole class practices a strategy with the teacher
after a mini-lesson. Students who require extra support continue
to practice in small groups on other days.
Free-Choice Reading While students read, teachers can hold short
one-on-one conferences, giving students individualized support on
selecting readable and interesting books.
Groups Pairs or small groups of students with similar needs
work with the teacher on understanding and applying reading strategies.
Discussion Groups Small heterogeneous groups talk about books
they've read that relate to a theme and/ or author study.
and Word Study: vocabulary instruction occurs before, during,
and after reading. Students study the meanings of prefixes, suffixes,
teachers hold brief one-on-one meetings with students to observe
and support how they apply strategies to reading.
the exception of the teacher read-aloud, these activities do not
have to occur every day, especially wthin a 45-minute class.