• Reading Workshop Information

    What is Reading Workshop?

    Reading Workshop is a format that provides the structure to support children learning to read.  The workshop is designed for use with grades K-5 and is designed for at least 60 minutes a day.  Activities are designed to teach children what good readers do.  Predictable rituals and routines structure the workshop to provide consistent expectations.

    What does Reading Workshop Look Like?

    Reading Workshop contains three parts:  OpeningWork Period, and Closing.

    During the Opening, the teacher instructs a 10-15 minute mini-lesson that brings the entire class together as a whole group for a single reading focus.

    During the 35-40 minute Work Period the students read (independently in their just right books, with partners, or in small groups).  In K-2, students engage in literacy centers that reinforce skills being taught in class.  Meanwhile, the teacher confers with individual students, conducts guided reading or strategy groups, or assesses students.

    The 5-10 minute Closing brings the students back together to share what they learned as a reader, often reinforcing the mini-lesson. Sometimes the Closing is used to clear up misconceptions that the teacher has observed during the Work Period. 

    Writing Workshop Information

    What is Writing Workshop?

    Writing Workshop is a format that provides the structure to support children learning to write.  The workshop is designed for use with grades K-5 and is designed for at least 60 minutes a day.  Activities are designed to teach children what good writers do, how to generate writing using self-selected topics, work with others to revise and refine their writing, as well as practice authors craft, skills, grammar, and conventions.  Predictable rituals and routines structure the workshop to provide consistent expectations. 

    What does the class period look like during Writing Workshop?

    Writing Workshop contains three parts: Opening,  Work Period, and Closing.

    During the Opening, a 10-15 minute mini-lesson is taught that brings the entire class together as a whole group for a single writing focus. The teacher models the standards and  expectations of writing.

    During the 40-45 minute Work Session the students go through one stage of the writing process: plan, draft, confer, revise, edit, and publish.

    The 5-10 minute Closing brings the students back together to share what they have learned as writers. Students celebrate how they met the standard and offer tips to improve writing.

     

    There are many ways that you can support your child(ren) with Reading and Writing Workshop at home. For some videos and ideas, K-2 parents click here, and 3-5 parents click here. Enjoy!