Reading Workshop

Reading Workshop is an instructional practice that will help your children grow as readers, speakers, and independent thinkers.

Through Reading Workshop, you will be able to create a literary community excited about reading and engaged in the process of becoming fluent readers and thinkers. You will be able to teach important lessons in all areas of reading – from book choice to building reading stamina to decoding skills to comprehension. Most importantly, you’ll be providing them with time to read and guidance in doing so, key factors in promoting successful readers.
Teaching children to learn how to read, understand what they read, and find joy in the process of reading is a complex task. Your children need time to develop these skills.

Reading Workshop in a First Grade Classroom: Skip & Return 

In this Reading Workshop lesson, the teacher models for her children how to use the strategy of "Skip and Return to" identify unknown words.
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In order to create an environment that supports children’s growth and independent reading skills, some essential structures must be established, at the heart of which is work time for them to read. It is this time that will make the difference in children’s growth as readers. Guiding the children’s independent reading are your mini-Lessons, demonstrations that show readers how to use the skills and strategies they need to read increasingly complex text. Share time at the end adds closure and a sense of celebration.

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Developing Children’s
Reading Identity

The act of reading is multi-dimensional and so is a reader’s identity. When you think about how to meet the needs of all the readers in your classroom, you need to consider all the areas that make up a reader’s identity. 

Some of these features, such as print and fluency and comprehension, are easier to point to (e.g., when a child doesn’t read a word correctly) and may be easier to teach. However, for children to develop as readers who feel confident and capable, who take risks and can problem solve, and who develop a love for books and language, it is vital to address all aspects of reading in your mini-lessons, conferences, and other interactions with children. 

Explicit teaching on forming good reading habits, developing and expanding your reading tastes, how and when to respond to different texts, and how to have “book talks” are necessary components of reading instruction.

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