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Old 08-02-2011, 06:29 AM
 
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I do not use a reader's workshop. But my students do have independent reading time each day. How do you hold your students accountable for what they read? Reading challenges? Reading Logs/Journals?

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Reader's Notebooks in the format recommended in The Book Whisperer. It takes a lot of time and is not 100% fool proof but it is better than logs which are easily faked...

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I use a combination of AR, reader's response journal, conferences and thinkmarks.
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Can you describe your thinkmarks?
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They are in the back of the Fountas & Pinnel books. I got the idea from SnackNapRead. It's the size of a bookmark and the students have to use a specific strategy to respond to what they have read. I will start the year using them 1-2 times/week with everyone. I will probably let my avid readers off the hook a couple months into school, but use it more for the ones who need more accountability.


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Thanks Trish! I vaguely remember seeing them in my copy of F&P. I'll have to look it up. There is so much info in that book!

Do you assign it as homework or do you allow them time during independent reading to work on it?
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It will be either- I think I'll make them due Tue & Fri, but they can do it during the Daily5 round or homework.
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I think it has to be a combination of things so this was helpful!
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Thanks again Trish... your advice is helpful!
I don't currently do Daily 5 - my teaching partner and I opted out of using the literature textbook this year. The stories (in my opinion) were not the best, although there were a few. And all it had was read the story, answer the worksheets, take the test. No meaning for the kids. So...we are starting from scratch this year. I've read the Fountas & Pinnel for grades 3-6, Laura Robb's Teaching Reading in Middle School, and Nancie Atwell's In the Middle. All great reads.
I may have to hit you up for ideas on Daily five in sixth grade for including it into next year's curriculum plan.
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Check this out: http://www.teachingcomprehension.org/ir/.

I haven't read this book, but read their first one, Comprehension Shouldn't be Silent. What really intrigues me here is their approach to at-home reading. There's a podcast about it from IRA (International Reading Association). Basically, the kids read at home throughout the week and then write their reader's response on Monday mornings at school as a letter to a partner. They exchange with their partners and respond to each other, switching back and forth several times. It encourages kids to do their reading because of the social aspect; if they don't read, they don't get to participate in the partner response. I really want to try this.


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If you end up trying this, make sure you post your results. I would love to hear how it worked for you.
Nancie Atwell in her book In the Middle also suggests having them write to each other.
I guess it makes sense. They care so much at this age about what their peers think of them. I wonder though how it works though when you have a group of apathetic boys like I did this past year. They wouldn't care if their friends thought they didn't do the work.
Does it say anything about how to partner the students up? Is it their choice or the teachers?
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