Leap Into Literacy Grade 3

October/November

Reading Workshop

Reading Workshop

Now that you have cemented your routines and expectations, students have now commenced in Unit 1, Building a Reading Life. In this unit you will want to rally kids around the love of reading. You want to teach not just preach about the power of reading.


The big work of this unit is to instill the lifelong habits of strong readers including...

1. Choosing books wisely and getting a lot of reading done

2. Keeping track of how reading is going and addressing problems along the way

3. Learning to talk about books with others and applying on-the-run comprehension strategies to hold on to and synthesize all part of the text.


Attached is a synthesis of An Orientation

Writing Workshop

Tackling Slow Starters

Adapted from ¨What Are They Staring at? Tackling Slow Starters¨ by Betsy Hubbard


We have modeled, we have charted, and we send them on their way, but there are still those kids who just sit there.


Here are three strategies and tips to support these writers.


1. Keep them with you right after the mini-lesson.

Keeping that handful of students who might get lost on their way as they re-enter their independent space may need a quick check-in before being sent off. Review the goals and strategies in a small group before releasing them into the workshop. Sometimes a quick impromptu small group lesson can be simply reviewing the expectations.


Planning ahead helps independence later.


2. Sharing in the planning process before a student begins drafting can have a great impact on the level of independence through a piece. For some students, you many want to jot or take dictation of their plan to help them organize their verbal story. From there, the student then has a visual representation to refer back to while moving through the piece. Investing a few minutes, in the beginning, helps relieve some pressure and opens the drafting floodgates for a slow starter.


3. Goal setting puts it in their hands.

Anytime we can hand the responsibility to the student everyone wins. Using tools that help students see their gains and progress toward a goal is often the visual tool a student needs. Whether it is a reminder or a motivator students often need something that they can see to pull them back into their task. The chart used is flexible. It can be used to keep track of word count volume see Betsyś post from last week with a bit of an explanation for this) or a timekeeper. When students can look at a chart tracking time on task and look at the result in their notebook or writing folder the rewards are very visible. We can celebrate and discuss where to go from where they are.