Thanks for your questions! That is exciting that you are thinking about implementing a reading workshop in your classroom.
You asked about how I make sure I am teaching all of the reading curriculum in my reading workshop. When creating my units of study, I used Michigan's Grade Level Content Expectations which are essentially the benchmarks and standards for each grade level in all subject areas. In addition to incorporating the benchmarks, I also used Fountas and Pinnell's Continuum of Literacy Learning to determine the reading skills that are expected of third grade readers. Their continuum also focuses on the text features readers are likely to encounter in specific levels of text, so that was helpful when writing my units of study and determining the specific mini-lessons to include in each unit.
Your second question was about accountability. That is a huge concern for many teachers in reading workshop. The Reader's Notebook is certainly one thing I use for assessment and accountability, but I will be posting more details about assessment in Reader's Workshop in my next post. Stay tuned!!
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