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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 Workshopin the Middle School Classroom

BY Haley Walter

Webb Bridge Middle School

Alpharetta , Georgia


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Objective

  • Reading Workshop is designed to improve independent reading skills among middle school students.


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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.


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Schedule

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday, students will read, complete a journal, or complete a book card


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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


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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.


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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


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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 --


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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


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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


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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.


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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.


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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


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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




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Conclusion

  • We hope you will embrace Reader’s Workshop and make it your own.

  • Thank You!