What is Readers’ Workshop?
Readers’ Workshop is a format that provides the structure to support children learning to read. The workshop is designed for use with grades K-5 and is designed for 60 minutes a day. Activities are designed to teach youngsters what good readers do. Predictable rituals and routines structure the workshop to provide consistent expectations.
What does the class period look like during Readers’ Workshop?
The Readers’ Workshop contains three parts: an Opening, a Work Session, and a Closing.
- During the Opening, the teacher teaches a 10-15 minute mini-lesson that brings the entire class together as a whole group for a single reading focus.
- During the 35-40 minute Work Session the students read (independently in their “just right” books, with partners, or participating in literature circles or books clubs). The teacher confers with individual students, conducts guided reading or strategy groups, or assesses students.
- The 5-10 minute Closing brings the students back together to share what they learned as a reader, often reinforcing the mini-lesson. Sometimes the Closing is used to clear up misconceptions that the teacher has observed during the Work Session.