This year I will be teaching fourth grade in a departmentalized setting. I will be teaching language arts. Can anyone suggest how I may divide my time between reading and writing? I have a 2.5 hour block with each class. Is it unwise of me to do a reading workshop for 1.5 hours every day? Then do writing workshop for an hour? Please help!! Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I am going to use writer's workshop this year as well. A good resource book that has helped me is called "Guiding Reader's and Writer's Grades 3-6" by Fountas and Pinell. They recommend that you give 60 minutes for reading workshop and 60 minutes for writing workshop with an additional 30 minutes for word study. Depending on your schedule you may need to adjust as needed. I am thinking of cutting my writing block down to 50 mins. so I have enough time for reading/word study.
Can you explain your procedures for writing workshop? Do the children write whatever they want to write about or is it more structured? Do you only let the chidren who have published read their stories aloud to the class? Is there a time frame in which the students should be finished with a story?