Reading Workshop, the class gathers together for a mini-lesson in order
to learn a specific reading strategy or skill. Students are guided to
practice together, and then independent reading follows. It is during
this time that the students apply what has been taught in class. A
teacher will be either conferring with individual students or attending
to a small group of readers. Students may also be reflecting about what
they learned in their reader's notebooks.
During Writing Workshop, the class gathers together for a mini-lesson in order to learn a specific writing strategy. The teacher models the strategy, has the students process the strategy together, and then the students practice the strategy in their writer's notebook or in a writing project they are working on. A teacher will be either conferring with individual students or attending to a small group of writers.
We will be focusing on the following reading and writing goals (subject to change depending on the needs of the students):
Following Characters into Meaning: Envision, Predict, Synthesize, and Infer
Raising the Level of Personal Narrative Writing
Navigating Non-Fiction: Using Text Structures to Comprehend Expository, Narrative, and Hybrid
Building On Expository Structures to Write Lively, Voice-Filled Nonfiction Picture Books
Reading like a Writer: Noticing Craft and Structure
The Personal and Persuasive Essay
The Craft and Structure of Dramas
Based on the needs of the students, weekly phonics lessons will be given in large groups and/or small groups. As they learn new spelling patterns, students will be held accountable using these patterns in their written work.