Reader’s workshop provides a flexible framework you can adapt and implement to suit your students’ needs, and help them to learn to read so they want to. Frank Serafini
Reader’s workshop is a teaching model which allows students to engage in authentic reading experiences. It is an efective way to diferentiate instruction. Workshops may vary in length and include time for teaching, selecting and reading books, writing about books, and sharing ideas about books with partners or in group discussions.
|Many of the key principles of differentiation are embedded in Reader’s Workshop, which makes it an effective teaching strategy to use with students at different stages of reading development.|
The model encourages :
The following strategies come from the work of Kylene Beers and can be found in her book, When Kids Can’t Read : What Teachers Can Do, (2003).
This strategy teaches students how to recognize their thinking and talk about it in pairs. Students take turns reading a text and occasionally stop to "say something" about what they have read.
When students say something they can :
This strategy is similar to Say Something except students write in response to a short story, poem, a selection from a longer text, etc. The strategy helps students become better at making inferences.
Strategic rereading is the beginning of analysis and leads students to become better readers who are able to find their own voices and those of the author in the text they are reading.
More information about the Reader’s Workshop model can be found in the Reading Section of Literacy Today.