Reader’s and Writer's Workshop.
Reader’s and Writer's Workshop is designed to help students develop skills and strategies that will be used in their future writing projects and in future reading ….and in their future.There is a gradual build of skills and strategies and then forced implementation. For the students, those skills and strategies eventually become instinctive, innate, and their own.
The Status of the Class takes about 2-3 minutes and provides the student and teacher with information about how the student's work is progressing.
In the Upper Elementary grade classrooms it can be done quickest by having students write their name on the board under the appropriate category:
A Mini- Lesson is usually a 5-10 minute whole class activity and may be as simple as doing guided writing from a story, or how revision codes are used. An example is to lay out a favorite story's events in beginning, middle, and end form, create an idea web featuring a book's plot, or formally present the use of ' mechanics' such as more complicated grammar parts and punctuation. Modeling good interviewing techniques is still appropriate because students will need to use them inWrite and Confer
(Upper Elementary students may want to share a 'Work in Progress' or 'Revision' to get many different opinions for inspiration.)
Reader’s Workshop starts with a mini-lesson that is based on a reading strategy.
The workshop can then proceed with the week’s activities that include a variety of learning opportunities, many of which are based on the mini-lesson strategy, including teacher conferencing. The teacher conference, in small groups, allows the teacher to get a better perspective on how well the students are grasping the strategy and allows students to ask questions and share responses in a less threatening environment. The students can then rotate through the activities daily. Students can also work independently to implement the strategy, using the traditional elementary model.
Reader’s Workshop groups may transform…..
Example of Management of a Reader’s Workshop in a 50-minute period