Reading-3

Nathan Adams Elementary

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Welcome to Week 3

Reading Workshop

A true reading workshop begins with a 10 to 15 minute mini-lesson. Some teachers prefer to read the suggested book for the lesson during a read aloud time earlier in the day or even the day before. This allows the students to enjoy the story before being asked to focus on a specific concept or purpose. It also helps the teacher keep the mini-lesson within the 15 minute suggested time frame because only the portion of the story that is needed for the lesson can be reread. Following the mini-lesson, students move to self-selected or independent reading. During this time students should be given a task to complete in order to help them stay focused and to allow them to practice a new skill.

Components of the Reading Workshop Mini-Lesson

1) Connection

2) Teach

3) Active Involvement

4) Link

Connection

The mini-lesson should be conducted in the gathering area. The connection needs to related to previous lessons or what has already been done. Tell the students, "Today I'm going to teach you."

Teach

The teach piece is the longest part of your mini-lesson. This is where the teacher tells the students, "This is what I want you to know." Modeling is 80% of this piece.

Active Involvement

This is where students try the strategy themselves. This piece is still guided. Students can turn and talk to a partner as the teacher listens.

Link

The link is where the strategy is restated. Discuss how the strategy relates to reading.
How students can use this new strategy moving forward to become better readers.

Vocabulary Challenges for Readers

Tier 1 Words:

simple basic words learned without instruction.

Tier 2 Words:

words that a appear in the vocabularies of mature language users and are pervasive across contexts.

Tier 3 Words:

words that are specialized and related to a specific content area.

FUTURE DISCUSSIONS

WHAT DO READERS NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO TO UNDERSTAND WORD MEANINGS?


BUILDING VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION INTO SMALL GROUP READING INSTRUCTION.


WAYS TO INCREASE VOCABULARY IN OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL CONTEXTS.