Reading Workshop comes from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University.
The structure of reading workshop goes as follows:
- Mini-lesson: 1D readers gather on the carpet while I deliver a 10-minute lesson. This is a time for readers to learn something new that will help them with their reading.
- Independent work time: 1D readers head quickly and quietly to their desks with their book bins full of just-right books for the week. They remain engaged in their reading for 20-30 minutes while I float through the room to confer with readers one-on-one. In my conference, I help a reader with a skill or strategy that is specific to his reading needs at that time.
- Partner reading time: 1D readers find their partner spot on the carpet and read a book with their long-term reading partner. They might read together in unison, repeat after each other, or take turns. As they read, they talk about their books – their favourite parts, tricky parts, parts that remind them of something.
- Share: 1D readers gather back on the carpet while 1 or 2 readers share their work during independent or partner reading time. Readers select their books for home and tuck them away inside their home-school folders.