• What is the Objective of Reader's Workshop?

    • Matches individual readers  
    • Teaches independence
    • Explicitly teaches strategies to access skills  
    • Values time spent reading, volume of reading, and a variety of reading experiences
    • Follows predictable structures and routines

    The Three Parts of Reader's Workshop:

    1. Mini Lessons
    2. Independent Reading with Conferences
    3. Sharing

    Mini Lessons:

    • 5-10 minute lessons
    • Short, focused, and direct instruction on a strategy
    • Topics come from standards, units of study, and from teacher assessments of what most of the class needs.
    • Students are engaged, jotting notes in their notebooks and ready to go back to their seats to demonstrate those skills in their independent reading

    Independent Reading with Conferences:

    • 20-40 minutes
    • Students are engaged in FVR (free voluntary reading), using strategies learned, meeting with partners/groups, or writing a response
    • Teacher is individualizing the instruction for everyone during conferences
    • Students are using Logs, Post-its, and Reading Notebooks


    • 5-10 minutes
    • Gather students together to use students’ work and experiences to illustrate teaching points.
    • Teacher celebrates or summarizes what she observed or talked about with students.

    Students can share examples of their learning.