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Refining Your Reading Workshop. Session 4. Agenda. Finish prompting activity Mini-Lessons Sharing Journals. “People who do not trust children to learn, or teachers to teach, will always expect a method (or program) to do the job.” Frank Smith. Whole Group Instruction. Mini-Lessons.

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Refining Your Reading Workshop

Session 4


Finish prompting activity




  • “People who do not trust children to learn, or teachers to teach, will always expect a method (or program) to do the job.”

    • Frank Smith

Whole Group Instruction


Mini-Lesson Refresher

5 – 15 minutes


- introduce a comprehension strategy, skill, or concept

- think aloud

- apply strategies to text

- students share/participate

- based on student NEED &


Book Talks (optional)

5 Types of Mini- Lessons

** Skills and Strategies that ALL students at your grade level should know or learn.

Procedures and Organization

Strategic Reading Behaviors

Comprehension Strategies

Literary Elements and Techniques


**Kids who struggle with these skills then get more supported practice during small group instruction so they can practice these skills with text at their reading level. “training wheels”

Video Clip

TDC – Mini-Lesson (Angel for Solomon Singer)

What did you notice about the level of thinking from the students?

Think Aloud as a model

Make your thinking “visible” to kids.

Demonstrate the thoughts that might come to your mind while reading.

See p. 33 – 34 in handout

How would this help you?

Give One – Get One

Share ideas of great mentor text ideas for the comprehension strategies.

Give one idea and get one idea from as many people as you can.

Website links…


Optimal time for informal assessment.


  • Make share time purposeful

  • Not all students will get to share every day

  • Share time is a form of assessment

  • Sharing options

    • Whole class

    • Turn and talk

    • In small group


Teaching for Deep Comprehension

Clip on Authors Study Share time

Sharing Discussion

Share ideas about how you structure share time in your workshop.

What ways could you take informal assessment information during the share time?

Independent Reading and Journals

“Our understanding is enhanced when we communicate with others about our thinking. It is a way for readers to construct knowledge, generate new ideas, clarify their own thinking…”

-Fountas and Pinnell

Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency p. 438

Differentiation through Independent Reading and Journals

What should they be reading?

How often do they read?

What if they aren’t choosing the right books?

What do they write about?

How often do they write?

Journal Discussion

Strategy entries

Deeper comprehension entries

How often do they respond in their journal?


Get into grade level teams.

Share ideas for structuring your students’ reading response journals.

Keep in mind…less is more in terms of sections.


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