At Downtown Elementary, we use an approach called Cornerstone. Cornerstone is a method of teaching students reading and writing on that particular student's level using children's books. This approach emphasizes learning about reading strategies in an individual way.
My Reader's Workshop is modeled much like Beth Newingham's Reader's Workshop. More information on her Reader's Workshop can be found at http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/
What does the Reader's Workshop look like in my classroom?
Each Reader's Workshop begins with a mini-lesson. This is a 10-15 minute time where we are meeting on the carpet as a whole group. During this time, I am probably reading a children's book to the class and modeling the strategies that I use to comprehend text.
This picture is taken from Beth Newingham's website. It shows what mini lessons look like.
Composing Meaning consists of a time when our class does the Daily 5. The Daily 5 is a way of managing the Reader's and Writer's workshops to help build a love of reading and independence with children.
5 Components to Daily 5:
Read to Self - This is a time when children self select books to read in a comfortable spot around the room. The best way to become a better reader is to read books everyday! So this is a daily activity that is required everyday.
Work on Writing - This is a time when children work on a piece of writing for a project, or writing for pleasure. This is the best way to become a better writer. Also, good writers tend to be good readers!
Read to Someone - Children choose partners to read books with. They may either choose to read the same book, or read different books to each other. Reading to someone builds fluency which helps children better comprehend what they are reading.
Word Work - This is a time in which children use manipulatives to practice their spelling words or word wall words. Increasing vocabulary aides in reading comprehension and fluency. Also, improving spelling skills improves children's writing abilities.
Listen to Reading - In this center, children go to the websites in the resources section of my webpage and listen to books that are read to them. They follow along while the words are read aloud. This really helps children learn new words and become exposed to books that they themselves might not be ready to read yet.
While children are doing the Daily 5 tasks, the teacher will be conducting guided reading groups, or conferring with individual children about their reading progress.
Reflection time is very important. It lasts about 5-10 minutes and is a time where the class meets together as a whole to review what we learned that day. Children may share experiences they had during the Reader's Workshop. The class might also respond to essential questions about the reading strategy we learned that day.
Photos on this page are from http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/