I think you will find thorough answers to the questions you asked in one of my three previous posts on reading workshop. The links to those posts are listed below:
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
I hope you will find what you are lookig for in one of these posts. Let me know if you still have questions after reading them!
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