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Readers' Workshop K-6
Readers' Workshop K-6
Pages and Files
What is Reader's Workshop?
Major Components of Readers Workshop
Teaching Reading Strategies
Independent Reading Time
Setting Up Your Classroom Library
Planning for Daily Intentional Teaching
What do my students need to know?
What strategies and knowledge help them as readers?
In what way does this strategy look different across genre?
What language will I use?
What texts/materials will best support this instruction?
How can/will I connect this work to writing?
Minilesson Topics will be built around:
Skills and strategies (competencies)
Sustainable habits and behaviours
Examples of Procedural Minilessons
Setting expectations/rules for the workshop
Finding good books that appeal to readers
Selecting a place to sit during reading time/mini-lesson
Giving a book talk
Being a good listener in a share session
Maintaining appropriate noise level
Asking questions during a sharing session
Setting individual goals and selfevaluation
Getting ready for a conference
Keeping a book log
Taking care of books
Examples of Craft Minilessons
Differences between fiction and non-fiction books
Parts of books
Characteristics of different genres
Books that show emotions
Books written in the first, second, or third person
Learning from dedications
How authors reveal characters
How authors use quotations
How the story setting fits the story
Development of characters, plot, theme, mood
How the lead hooks us
How authors use the problem/event/solution pattern
Titles and their meanings
Characters’ points of view
Examples of similes and metaphors
Examples of foreshadowing
How authors use dialogue
Predictable and surprise endings
Use of descriptive words and phrases
How illustrations enhance the story
Secrets in books
Types of conflicts
Examples of Skills/Strategies Minilessons
1. Concepts of print
concept of story
concept that print carries meaning
concept of “word”
2. Tips for reading aloud
3. Figuring out unknown words
using picture clues
using the sounds of blends, vowels, contractions, etc.
Monitoring comprehension (Does this make sense and sound right?)
Asking questions while reading
4. Comprehension strategies
Connecting reading material to your own life
Using Post-Its to mark interesting parts
Mapping a story
Retelling story orally
Looking for relationships
Looking for important ideas
Distinguishing fact from opinion
Sources of Minilessons
A huge list of planned mini-lessons...a must-see site!
Jessica Meacham has uploaded extensive plans for all her Mini lessons
More extensive ideas for Mini lessons
Some great examples of mini lessons from 'Reading with Meaning' by Debbie Miller and 'Growing Readers' by Kathy Collins (plus picture books to match them!)
Some great resource material on mini-lessons
A wiki full of pre-planned mini lessons
A series of videos of teachers implementing mini-lessons
Great photos of possible anchor charts for Minilessons
Sample mini lessons from Beth Newingham
More great photos of anchor charts
Readers Workshop Mini Lesson Topics.doc
This is a fantastic template that reminds you of the structure and language to be used in a mini-lesson. Very helpful when you are planning your mini-lessons.
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