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Making a splash with Reader's Workshop

Overview and Management

Jacqueline Robinson

on 19 June 2014

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More Q and A
To Get Results:
Make a Splash with RW!
Get a better picture of your readers with conferencing!
Dive in!
Jump in
RW up
Getting your feet wet
Student Book Choice
Text Availability
How do you know
you're students are
meeting learning targets?
Differentiated Instruction
Text Complexity
Motivated Readers
How can I hold readers accountable?
Organize your classroom library
JRF books!
Buddy Reading

Conference tool kit
Clipboard, Notebook, Filebox,

Reader's Response Notebook
Parent Communication
HW assignments
Guided Reading Groups/literature circles -2nd semester only!
How can I deal with limited time?
15 minute minilesson
I use a focus board!
30 minute IDR
15 minute response/share
Low readers weekly
Benchmark and above every other week
How can I deal with limited resources?
2-3 books in a book box instead of 5.
Teacher checkout from library.
Ziplock bags instead of book boxes
If you have limited text, use leveled readers for guided instruction.
Calkins says:
"In order for students to become successful readers, they must read frequently and they must read for extended period of time."
"Students must be given decision making power about what they will read."
Allington says:
"The only effective ways to improve reading achievement are to:
Increase actual reading and writing activity.
Select more appropriate texts and tasks.
Enhance useful strategy instruction."
Avery says:
"No two children learn to read with the same timing and with identical strategies. No two readers appreciate the same reading material or read at the same pace."
For more information, check out
Other recommended resources
3 ways to assess without giving a weekly test
Running Records
Story Retell
Discuss book choice, engagement, reader response notebook, ask your students what is difficult for them!
Go over extended response or constructed response questions together ONE ON ONE.
Set goals (I write SMART goals with my readers.)

GET TO KNOW YOUR READERS! What do they like to do in their free time? What interests them?

Teach the reader,
not the reading!
Students must
have input in
what they read!
Teach students
what good
readers do!
Give students time
to practice
what you are
Formative Assessments

Reader's Response Notebook
Exit Slips
Summative Assessments

Constructed Response
Extended Response
Cold Read
Traditional approach vs. Workshop approach
Have you read every book in your library?
Conference with your friend Google.
How do you know if your students are really reading?
Read their responses, look at their log for minutes, keep up with conferences using an app or notes
Where do you get books?
Grants, Scholastic, McKays (Nashville)
How do you plan lessons?
Begin with the end in mind. Start with the standard, choose an assement and mentor text to MODEL. Build an anchor chart.
Do students get to choose their books for literature circles?
ABSOLUTELY! Take into account their choice, text complexity, ability, dynamics of group.

live binder password: reading rocks

9 weeks of Jackie's conferences
1-2 book choice conferences
1-2 reading log conferences
1 SMART goal setting session,
1 story retell/book discussion (Comprehension check)
1 fluency check
1 readers response notebook check
1 reflection session on Constructed response or extended response sessions.
Learning target:I can identify the structure of a nonfiction text independently.

Vocabulary: Text structure-how the author organizes the text

Prove it: Exit slip
Fontas and Pinnell Genre Study Bundle
Genre Connections and Comprehension connections by Tanny McGregor
The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller
Assessments for Differentiating Reading Instruction Laura Robb
Teaching Reading in Middle School Laura Robb
Reading with Meaning Debbie Miller (A MUST for primary grades!)
The Daily 5 and The Daily Café by Gail Boushey, Joan Moser
Spaces and Places Designing Classrooms for Literacy by Debbie Diller
Strategies that Work by Stephanie Harvey
Teaching for Deep Comprehension by Linda Dorn
7 Keys to Comprehension by Susan Zimmerman
Mosaic of Thought by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmerman
Pinterest, Twitter, Teachers Pay Teachers (buyer beware!)
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