With a special thanks to Beth Newingham for the inspiration.
At least three times a week, students will be engaged in Reader's Workshop. They will read a book on their instructional or independent reading level, and then complete various extension literacy activities. During this time, I will be meeting with guided reading groups to work on skills specific to the groups' needs.
Listed below are some highlights from our Reader's Workshop.
Reader's Workshop Binder
This is the binder students use to track their progress with various books. Here they will keep the post-its they use for post-it note reading, write literary letters, write thick questions, and write book reviews for The Spucci Times. Each of the sections in this binder are described below.
When they are finished reading their books, students can write literary letters about their books to a friend, to a relative or to me.
For some suggestions of topics for literary letters click here.
For some examples of literary letters click here.
Writing Thick Questions
Readers are encouraged to ask "thick questions." The answers to thick questions are inferred. They require the reader to make predictions or to formulate new beliefs and ideas. Students are expected to write three "thick questions" about their books when they are finished reading. These questions will drive the conversation in our book talks.
For "thick question" prompts, click here.
Writing Book Reviews
Students who need an extra challenge can choose to write a book review on their book to be published in The Spucci Times.
For examples of some book reviews, click here.
To download this miniature newspaper template, click here.
Students will engage in book talks in their reading groups sporadically. They will discuss the metacognitive strategies they used during reading by referring to their post-it notes, share their thick questions that the group will be expected to answer, and share their book reviews and/or literary letters.
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