To teach the 5th graders about the Readers' Workshop structure, we discuss what it looks like, sounds like and feels like. This helps the students gain a better understanding of what Readers' Workshop is all about!
Class gathered together with the teacher for a mini-lesson
Teacher teaches a specific reading strategy while reading aloud a "model text"
Students sharing cooperatively when provided with the opportunity
Students reading to themselves, practicing strategy with their chosen high-interest books
Individual student(s) conferencing with teacher
Only teacher talking during mini-lesson
Students quietly sharing with one another when appropriate
Students reading to themselves silently
Individual student(s) conferencing with teacher quietly
In addition to in-class reading, students are also expected to be engaged in reading at home as part of their reading homework.