Establishing ACommunity of Readers Fountas and Pinnell detail the first 20 days in their complete guide to a reader’s and writer’s workshop. (See handout)
The Top 10 School Conditions That MakeEngaged Reading Possible (Nancy Atwell)
#1 – Booktalks and Mini Lessons •Create a rating system •1-10 •5 stars •(10 Spot) •Kids booktalk the last 5 minutes of each workshop (only on books they rated a 10) •When YOU are excited about reading, the kids will be too
#3 - Quiet, Daily In-class Time To ReadCreate specific reader’sworkshop rules, and stick to them.
#4 – Individuals’ FreeChoice of Books, Authors and Genres •The “never” speech •Range of 5-15 pages each night for September and October •Ready for a green light? •Kids eventually set weekly goals •Every second book of the same genre, switch it up
#5 – Recommendationsof Books By Teachers and FriendsSpecial Bookshelf “The 10 Spot” What are YOU reading?
#6 – Comfort DuringIn-class Reading Time #7 – Students’ Blog to Teachers and Friends http://kidblog.org/home.php
#8 – Individuals’ ConversationsWith Their Teacher About Their Reading
#9 – Individuals’ Lists of Books They Want To Read SomedayWe use the last page in our Reading notebooks to keep our someday list.
#10 – Last, But Not Least, HomeworkReading of At Least 30 Minutes Each Night
Two Weeks At a Glance Monday “A” Week – Teach comprehension strategy whole group, Check SOC Tuesday “A” Week –Whole class lesson using Basal readingstory- read and work with comp. strategy with that story. 10 mins. of reading time, check SOC Wednesday “A” Week – Whole class/individual work on strategy. 15-20 mins of reading time. Check SOC (last 5 mins. Kids can booktalk and add to “10 Spot.”) Thursday “A” Week Kids either begin comp. strategy with novels or continue with leveled books. Check SOC Friday “A” Week Work with leveled books or novels. Check SOC
“B” Week Monday “B” Week – Optional teacher booktalks, vocabulary lesson, reteach “A” week comprehension lesson as needed. Check SOC Tuesday “B” Week – Booktalks, - Begin checking kids grasp ofcomprehension strategy in small group format. Kids are reading while I am meeting with groups. Check SOC Wednesday “B” Week – Continue to meet with small groups on comprehension skill. Reading time provided. Check SOC Thursday “B” Week Reading time provided. Check SOC Friday “B” Week – Finish meeting with all kids. Give end of unit reading test and go over results with class. Check SOC