Reader's Workshop

          In Reader's Workshop, we will be reading selections from our district reading program by Harcourt Publishing called StoryTown.  In addition, we will be reading novels, poems and many different types of genres from many different authors. 
    1.  Read aloud daily for 10 minutes to model skills and strategies
    2.  Provide books, magazines, picture books, and leveled novels for independent reading
    3.  Provide student choice of reading materials
    4.  Provide content area reading opportunities
    5.  Use of higher level questioning to promote deeper understanding of concepts [application/synthesis/evaluation]
    6.  Use of critical and creative thinking to respond to literature
    INTERACTIVE READ-ALOUD:  Reading novels aloud to students plays a significant role in my teaching of reading.  Reading aloud is not a luxury, but a necessity.  Reading experts Fountas & Pinnell consider reading aloud:
              * to be an essential foundation of a good language and literacy program
              * supports learning in every other area
              * as a way of nourishing the intellect of students by expanding background
              * as a way of expanding vocabulary and language
              * as a way of developing an appreciation for inquiry
              * as a way of creating a literary community in our classroom

    Why Use Novels?
         According to reading specialists, Fountas & Pinnell,
    "All readers need small group instructional reading at levels they can handle, but they also need to experience age-appropriate grade-level materials. Because they can access the text via read-aloud or on tape, they will be expected to discuss it." 
    Another reading expert, Donalyn Miller, 2009 says,
    "There are merits to reading one book with the entire class:
    *novel serves as an example for the skills & knowledge you are teaching
    *creates a common literary experiece to which you can make future connections
    *fosters community among the students and teacher.
    Another reading expert, Goldenberg, 1992 says,
    "Literature discussion is the truest form of teaching--geared toward creating richly textured opportunities for students' conceptual and linguistic development."
         My students will be offered opportunities to elicit thoughtful conversations and honest discussions.  They will respond to literature and they will review and practice the skills and strategies needed to become proficient life-long readers.  Students will be exposed to literacy devices such as flashback, foreshadowing, inference and prediction, to name a few.  I will also focus on how authors use writer's craft techniques such as leads, settings, character development, and descriptive language.
         I expect every student to have a self-selected book, magazine or any type of reading material every day to read for pure enjoyment.  Our classes will be visiting our school library at least twice a month.  I expect my students to read for 15 to 30 minutes every night.
    GRADE POINT AVERAGES FOR THE REPORT CARD...You are able to access your child's grades using your own personal password.  For details, check the LMTSD website.
    Report Card breakdown:
          Theme Post assessments & Cold Read assessments
          Harcourt Selection assessments & Novel assessments 
          Classwork/Homework/Workshop Time 
Last Modified on March 13, 2014