It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations- something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. Katherine Patterson
A Reader’s Workshop model provides a framework for independent reading and the teaching of skills and strategies by allowing students time to engage in the same kinds of authentic reading experiences that all readers enjoy.
During Reader’s Workshop, teachers provide a model for students as they explicitly teach the kind of thinking readers do. Students practice these strategies with the texts they choose to read. 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.
While there is no one way to implement Reader’s Workshop, there are a number of components that remain consistent.
Anderson, Hiebert, Scott, & Wilkinson. Becoming a Nation of Readers. (1985)