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colts11 11-04-2011 08:16 AM

Reading Workshop Help
I am implementing reading workshop for the first time this year and I am struggling. I am having difficulty instructing my students on making responses to the books they are reading. The "good" students do this easily. How do I train them to respond regularly and how often should I expect a response? Should they respond over every book they read? I want to make sure they are reading and not just logging books. Any help from others who do RW would be greatly appreciated!!

also, they are reading for about 40 min. is this too long.. they get fidgity and off task easily..


nicosipp23 11-09-2011 08:44 AM

Model, model, model how to do an appropriate response. Also post samples and create a chart with students of the quality you expect. You can write some samples, post them and have student grade and give feedback on the samples. If certain students continue to struggle, gather a small-group to reteach it.

Also, less is more. The less often they have to write responses, the more effort they'll put in. I designate time for everyone to write at once; this way they don't feel like they are missing out on their reading. I actually have them write a letter to me about what they're reading and what they are thinking about. I have questions that they can answer if they are stuck on what to tell me.

Also, I don't think 40 min is too long if they can handle it. I usually break my independent reading time up into two 20 min. times, with a 5 min lesson, book talk, or student sharing in between the two times. Hope this helps!

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