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Why Reading Workshop Works

In her recent article in Instructor magazine, called “The Pleasure Principle,” author Nancie Atwell asks, “If we can agree that a goal of education is for children to become skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers, why does so much of what goes on in the name of teaching reading prevent kids from experiencing the satisfaction of books?” Here’s a taste of her new book The Reading Zone:

"One of our primary goals as reading teachers is to eliminate—or at least reduce—frustration. We want to make reading easy. In our workshops, teachers start by being honest with kids about what we do as readers. We acknowledge the guilt many of us grew up with—the feeling that there’s a proper, rigorous way to read and that somehow we’re not doing it right—so we can help our students navigate books with pleasure and confidence. I let them know that serious, joyful, engaged, critical readers make choices about how, why, and what they read. In reading workshops, children are encouraged to skim, skip, and look ahead. Abandoning a book that a reader isn’t enjoying is viewed as a smart move, not a character defect. Students learn that the desire to reenter a beloved book isn’t cheating, it’s a benchmark of someone who is becoming a reader... Virginia Woolf said, 'Literature is no one's private ground, literature is a common ground; let us trespass freely and fearlessly.' A writing workshop takes down the Keep Off the Grass signs. It invites young readers to explore and enjoy the lushest landscapes on earth, and through booktalks and conversations, it recommends the worthwhile, scenic routes."



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    Fables - Literacy Fun Pack Express

    Fables - Literacy Fun Pack Express

    Scholastic After School Literacy Fun Packs Express pair five copies of one of our engaging nonfiction or fiction titles with a one-hour lesson plan – perfect for after school or out-of-school time. The lessons are simple to implement and require little to no preparation time. Perfect for small group read-alouds and aligned to Common Core State Standards, our Literacy Fun Packs Express provide discussion questions, reading tips, and a variety of hands-on activities to promote additional student inquiry.

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    Differentiating Assessment in the Reading Workshop

    Differentiating Assessment in the Reading Workshop

    This resource is for teachers who need fast, efficient ongoing assessment to reach all of their primary readers. The authors provide strategies for streamlining conferences, pinpointing students' strengths and needs, and teaching to help students meet grade-level language arts goals. CD includes 30+ fill-in assessment checklists and conference record sheets to help keep data organized and accessible-and make student progress easy to present to administrators and parents. For use with Grades KŠ2.

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