Students are exposed to a common body of texts through interactive read-aloud. Reading aloud to students allows them to experience a variety of quality texts in different genres. During the read-aloud, the teachers pause at significant points, ask students for comments, and invite discussion. Teachers also share their own thinking to demonstrate how experienced readers engage with and think about texts as they read.
In reading workshop, students learn what it means to be a strong reader – how readers select books, set goals, think about texts, and engage in meaningful communication about what they read. In a typical reading workshop, teachers give a mini-lesson, students read independently to apply lessons to their own texts, and then everyone gathers as a group to share thoughts and opinions. As students read, teachers meet with guided reading groups based on student need or with small literature groups where students read and discuss common texts; teachers also confer individually with students about their independent reading. Students are expected to read their independent reading books every night at home.
Units of Study
- Fiction: Following Characters into Meaning
- Navigating Nonfiction: Reading for Research (Science & History)
- Taking on the Test: Reading & Writing Strategically
- Deepening Our Thinking Through Literature Circles
In writing workshop, students learn what it means to be a writer – how writers think, plan, compose, revise, and share their work. A typical writing workshop begins with a mini-lesson after which students write on their own while teachers meet with small guided writing groups based on student need or confer with individual writers. At then end of the writing workshop, everyone gathers as a group to share thoughts and writing.
Units of Study
- Interpretive Essay
- Informational Writing: Research Writing (History and Science)
- Close Reading, Writing with Evidence