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.
reading workshop, students learn what it means to be a 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, 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: Conflict as the Driving Force
Navigating Nonfiction: Reading and Caring about History
Tackling Complex Texts: Fables
Taking on the Test: Deciphering the Question
Deepening Our Thinking Through Talk
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
Units of Study
Raising the Quality of Narrative Writing
Breathing Life into Essays
Communicating Meaning Through Fables
Literary Essays: Writing About Reading