Alison (comment #33),
Have you have read my previous posts I have written about Reading Workshop on my Scholastic blog? Here are links to those posts. Hopefully you will find answers to any questions you may have about my reading workshop.
Reading Workshop: What it Looks Like in My Classroom: http://blogs.scholastic.com/top_teaching/2009/10/reading-workshop.html
The Reader's Notebook: http://blogs.scholastic.com/top_teaching/2009/11/readers-notebook.html
Assessment in My Reading Workshop: http://blogs.scholastic.com/top_teaching/2009/11/assessment-reading-workshop.html
A Virtual Peek Into My Classroom Library: http://blogs.scholastic.com/top_teaching/2009/10/classlibrary.html
I would use the summer to first get your classroom library organized so that your students are able to use it effctively during independent reading time each day.
I am not able to share my units of study since I created them with other members of a reading committee for my school district. However, here is a link to a site where you can find great reading workshop units of study for all grade levels: http://curriculum.dpsk12.org/lang_literacy_cultural/literacy/elem_lit/curric_instruc_assess/planning_guides/index.shtml
I hope this helps!
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