Readers' Workshop is made up of a number of components with the aim of improving student reading through reading and fostering a deep love of reading. Students choose the books they read and read for an extended period during class time. Students are also expected to read at home. Along with the extended reading time, students participate in;
- mini-lessons about everything from choosing books to character motivation
- book talks in which students promote and recommend books they enjoy
- teacher conferences - quick chats with the teacher about the book they are currently reading
- small guided reading group lessons - a chance for the teacher to work with a small group to learn specific skills and extend their reading
- student sharing
Like anything else, readers get better by practicing. Of course, guidance is needed. This is where the mini-lessons, teacher conferences and small group lessons come in.