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Each Reading Workshop session will begin with a mini lesson that lasts approximately 10-15 minutes. During each mini lesson, I will introduce a specific concept, also known as the teaching point. Most often the teaching point will focus on a reading strategy or skill. Students will be introduced to I CAN statements that they may refer to during the days we focus on this skill. I will explicitly model or demonstrate the skill for the students through the creation of anchor chats and read alouds.
During this time (approx. 40 minutes) students are engaged in self-selected texts at their independent level. They are using this time to practice the skill that was taught during the mini-lesson. They are also using this time to practice our Spelling skill of the week, listening to stories or reading to a friend. Students are working hard in areas around the room while I am meeting with students for individual reading conferences. Some days I will be meeting with small groups of students for guided reading or to teach the strategy more explicitly.
During this time (approximately 10 minutes) we will meet as a whole group to refer back to the mini-lesson and think further. We may also meet together to think about and respond to questions such as: What did you learn about reading today? What did you learn about yourself as a reader? We may add to the anchor chart or discuss what went well or needs more teaching!