Workshop Methods

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In this module we we will we take a look at some of the most common pedagogical methods used in children's literautre and literacy classroom: workshop

  • What does readers' and writers' workshop look like in the classroom?
  • How can I model what it means to be a reader and a writer?
  • How can I create an environment of reading and writing in my classroom?

Through reading, writing , and particapting as a class we will explore these questions.

The Readings

D. Ray Reutzel and Robert B. Cooter, JrOrganizing for Effective Instruction: The Reading Workshop

Lane W. Clarke and Jennifer Holwadel:Help! What Is Wrong with These Literature Circles and How Can We Fix Them?

Lyn Wagner, Jennifer Grogan Nott, Ann T. AgnewThe Nuts and Bolts of Teaching First-Grade Writing through a Journal Workshop

The Tasks


Complete the readings.

Choose two out of three to annotate. The annotation tool we will use as a class is installed but you can annotate any way you choose.


You will write a mini lesson for either writer's workshop or readers workshop. Your lesson must contain an explicit defintion of skill being taught, modeling by the teacher using that skill, and guided practice. Finally you must provide contentdifferentiantion for two students.


Performance Task: Watch the following playlist. Write a summary of what you think went well in the videos and what needs improvement.

Then you must start up a conversation with peers about their summaries. Make sure to follow the comments people post to your thread as well.