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Reading Workshop in the Middle School Classroom. BY Haley Walter Webb Bridge Middle School Alpharetta , Georgia. Objective. Reading Workshop is designed to improve independent reading skills among middle school students. Beginning Notes.

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reading workshop in the middle school classroom

Reading Workshopin the Middle School Classroom

BY Haley Walter

Webb Bridge Middle School

Alpharetta , Georgia

objective
Objective
  • Reading Workshop is designed to improve independent reading skills among middle school students.
beginning notes
Beginning Notes
  • Each student will select a book of their choice throughout the year.
  • Each student will read their chosen book at their own pace.
  • Teacher will monitor this reading on Reading workshop days.
schedule
Schedule
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday, students will read, complete a journal, or complete a book card
status of the class
Status of the Class
  • On your Reader’s Workshop Days I will check the status of the class.
  • Find out what your students are reading and how far you have come
journals
Journals
  • Journals are written once a week
  • Journals are written in letter form including: date, title of book, author, a brief summary, and their opinion or prediction
  • Journals rotate: one week they are to the teacher one week they are to a friend
  • Teacher or student (depending on the week) has 24 hours to respond.
journal evaluation
Journal Evaluation
  • Completeness 20 pts
  • In letter format 10 pts
  • Summary 20 pts
  • Opinion/Prediction 20pts
  • Date included 5pts
  • Title of Book 5pts
  • Author 5pts
  • Grammar/Mechanics 15 pts
book cards once you complete a book you are to write a book card
Book Cards: Once you complete a book, you are to write a book card
  • Front of book card will contain:
    • Title and author
    • Students name, date, and number of pages in book
    • Summary of the book
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Name of Book author

name number of pages date

SUMMARY --

book cards continued
Book Cards: Continued
  • Back of the card will contain
    • The answer to an insightful question such as:
      • How did the main character change?
      • How did the setting affect the story?
      • Why is it titled the way it is?
      • What would your change?
      • What is your overall opinion?
      • Who was your favorite character and why?
      • What is the author’s purpose
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The answer to an insightful question such as:

    • How did the main character change?
    • How did the setting affect the story?
    • Why is it titled the way it is?
    • What would your change?
    • What is your overall opinion?
    • Who was your favorite character and why?
    • What is the author’s purpose
book card conferences
Book Card Conferences
  • Once a book card is completed, the student will turn it into the teacher for a conference.
  • Teachers may choose to conference immediately or set up a chosen time
conferences
Conferences
  • During the conference the teacher will read the back of the book to insure the book card is of original thought
  • The teacher will then read the card for accuracy and insight.
  • The teacher will then ask the student questions about the book that can range from comprehension to deep understanding.
scoring
Scoring
  • Difficulty Level 1-5
    • 1,2,3 – young adult novels
      • Ex. 1 = Babysitter’s Club, 2= Maniac McGee, 3=Holes or Harry Potter
    • 4 – adult novels
      • 4 = Life of Pi
    • 5 classic novels
      • 5=Count of Monte Cristo
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Scoring
  • Card Content 1-4
    • 4= Very insightful, full knowledge of book
    • 3=good insight, understanding of the main plot and characters
    • 2 = Fair understanding of basic plot, little insight
    • 1= Very little understanding, basic comprehension
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Scoring
  • Conference Points 1-4
    • 4 = Well articulated answers to questions
    • 3= Good understanding, able to converse fluently about book
    • 2 = basic knowledge of book, little insight or deep thought
    • 1 = little knowledge of book, short choppy answers
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Scoring
  • These points are then added together
  • The teacher then looks at the number of pages and rounds it to a single digit. Ex. 100-149 pgs = 1, 150 -249 pgs = 2, 250 – 349 pgs = 3, and so on
  • The first total is then multiplied by the single digit number for a total score.
scoring example
Scoring Example
  • Student scores a 3 for Challenge, 2 for card, and 2 for conference totaling 7.
  • The book was 230 pages long (rounded to a single digit of 2)
  • Multiply 7 X 2 = 14
  • The total score is 14
points
Points
  • A students goal is to receive 70 points by the end of the semester.
  • A teacher may alter this to best fit their class/school
conclusion
Conclusion
  • We hope you will embrace Reader’s Workshop and make it your own.
  • Thank You!
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