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Reading Workshop in the Middle School Classroom

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					Reading Workshop
in the Middle School
      Classroom
    BY Haley Walter
Webb Bridge Middle School
  Alpharetta , Georgia
          Objective
• Reading Workshop is designed to
  improve independent reading skills
  among middle school students.
      Beginning Notes
• Each student will select a book of
  their choice throughout the year.
• Each student will read their chosen
  book at their own pace.
• Teacher will monitor this reading on
  Reading workshop days.
           Schedule
• Every Tuesday and Thursday,
  students will read, complete a
  journal, or complete a book card
    Status of the Class
• On your Reader’s Workshop Days I
  will check the status of the class.
• Find out what your students are
  reading and how far you have come
             Journals
• Journals are written once a week
• Journals are written in letter form
  including: date, title of book, author, a
  brief summary, and their opinion or
  prediction
• Journals rotate: one week they are to the
  teacher one week they are to a friend
• Teacher or student (depending on the
  week) has 24 hours to respond.
       Journal Evaluation
•   Completeness 20 pts
•   In letter format 10 pts
•   Summary 20 pts
•   Opinion/Prediction 20pts
•   Date included 5pts
•   Title of Book 5pts
•   Author 5pts
•   Grammar/Mechanics 15 pts
Book Cards: Once you complete a
  book, you are to write a book card
• Front of book card will contain:
  – Title and author
  – Students name, date, and number of
    pages in book
  – Summary of the book
Name of Book                     author
name           number of pages   date



SUMMARY --
    Book Cards: Continued
• Back of the card will contain
  – The answer to an insightful question such as:
     •   How did the main character change?
     •   How did the setting affect the story?
     •   Why is it titled the way it is?
     •   What would your change?
     •   What is your overall opinion?
     •   Who was your favorite character and why?
     •   What is the author’s purpose
The answer to an insightful question such as:
     How did the main character change?
    How did the setting affect the story?
        Why is it titled the way it is?
         What would your change?
        What is your overall opinion?
  Who was your favorite character and why?
        What is the author’s purpose
 Book Card Conferences
• Once a book card is completed, the
  student will turn it into the teacher
  for a conference.
• Teachers may choose to conference
  immediately or set up a chosen time
          Conferences
• During the conference the teacher will
  read the back of the book to insure the
  book card is of original thought
• The teacher will then read the card for
  accuracy and insight.
• The teacher will then ask the student
  questions about the book that can range
  from comprehension to deep
  understanding.
               Scoring
• Difficulty Level 1-5
  – 1,2,3 – young adult novels
    • Ex. 1 = Babysitter’s Club, 2= Maniac McGee,
      3=Holes or Harry Potter
  – 4 – adult novels
    • 4 = Life of Pi
  – 5 classic novels
    • 5=Count of Monte Cristo
               Scoring
• Card Content 1-4
  – 4= Very insightful, full knowledge of book
  – 3=good insight, understanding of the main plot
    and characters
  – 2 = Fair understanding of basic plot, little
    insight
  – 1= Very little understanding, basic
    comprehension
               Scoring
• Conference Points 1-4
  – 4 = Well articulated answers to questions
  – 3= Good understanding, able to converse
    fluently about book
  – 2 = basic knowledge of book, little insight or
    deep thought
  – 1 = little knowledge of book, short choppy
    answers
              Scoring
• These points are then added together
• The teacher then looks at the number of
  pages and rounds it to a single digit. Ex.
  100-149 pgs = 1, 150 -249 pgs = 2, 250 –
  349 pgs = 3, and so on
• The first total is then multiplied by the
  single digit number for a total score.
      Scoring Example
• Student scores a 3 for Challenge, 2
  for card, and 2 for conference
  totaling 7.
• The book was 230 pages long
  (rounded to a single digit of 2)
• Multiply 7 X 2 = 14
• The total score is 14
             Points
• A students goal is to receive 70
  points by the end of the semester.
• A teacher may alter this to best fit
  their class/school
Video Example
Questions????
          Conclusion
• We hope you will embrace Reader’s
  Workshop and make it your own.
• Thank You!

				
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