• 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

    The Three Parts of Writing Workshop:

    1. Mini-lessons

    2. Independent reading with conferences

    3. Sharing


    -5-10 minute lessons

    -Short, focused direct instruction on one aspect of writing

    -Topics come from standards, units of study, and 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 free, voluntary reading using strategies learned in mini-lessons, sometimes meeting with partners/groups, or writing a response

    -Teacher is individualizing instruction for everyone during conferences

    -Students are using logs, post-its, and reading notebooks


    -5-10 minutes

    -Gather students together to use student 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