Reading Workshop

Kelly Harmon

October 2015

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Scaffold to Rigor Using Performance Scales

  1. Identify focus standards for the unit.
  2. Identify essential and supportive standards.
  3. Unpack the declarative and procedural knowledge.
  4. Write learning targets using the verb and the action phrase.
  5. Decide the level of cognitive complexity for the learning target.
  6. Identify academic vocabulary (concepts) that students must understand. (Declarative knowledge)
  7. Identify basic processes needed to access the learning targets from the focus standards.
  8. Decide the level of cognitive complexity for the learning targets.
  9. Place all learning targets on the learning scale.
  10. Create a 4.0 target by going up one level of cognitive complexity. Think about how the learning will be used in a real world situation.

Critical and Close Reading Strategies

  1. See/Think/Wonder
  2. Guided Highlighting
  3. Tracking your Thinking
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Shared Reading

  1. Process texts together daily
  2. Teacher is the scaffold
  3. Use complex Text
  4. Revisit over time with different purposes

Guided Reading-Leveled Reading

  1. Define guided reading.
  2. Describe the purpose of small group reading in a balanced literacy classroom.
  3. Identify just right texts for guided reading.
  4. Explain strategies for grouping students for reading practice.
  5. Examine best practices for guided reading.
  • Warm-up
  • Focus Lesson
  • Guided Practice
  • Discussion
  • Word Work
  • Wrap UP

Meet at least 2x per week with each group.

Literature Circles-Student-led discussion groups

  1. Define Lit Circles.
  2. What is the purpose?
  3. What texts should be used?
  4. How are students grouped?
  5. What are the best practices for literature circles?
  6. How do teachers monitor for the desired result?

August 2015

Building a Learning Community

How will you build strong, trusting relationships with your students?

  1. Selfies
  2. Photo Albums
  3. Want Ads
  4. Scavenger hunts
  5. Memes

Create a Book Each Week

  1. The Important Book
  2. Our Class Book
  3. Innovations on Texts

Use Songs to Review Skills

  1. Retelling or Get the Gist
  2. Draw Conclusions
  3. Identify the Theme
  4. Use Context
  5. Work on Words
  6. Create an Innovation
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What reading strategies will be introduced and practiced each week?

  1. One or Two per week
  2. Week 1-Introduce and guided practice
  3. Week 2+-Review and independent practice

About Kelly Harmon

Kelly Harmon is a national presenter who has more than 25 years of experience working with at-risk students. She presents on a wide range of topics including RTI, technology, and reading, writing, and strategies for highly effective teachers. Kelly publishes a blog and a monthly newsletter with timely ideas and resources teachers need. She has also co-authored the book Practicing Skills, Strategies, and Processes with Dr. Robert Marzano.

Contact Kelly


Text: 210-218-1723