I read your comment on another one of my blog posts that said you did read some of my comments in response to other teachers who also are required to use basal texts. It seems you are certainly not the only teacher out there who desires to implement a true reading workshop but is being held back by the demands of a basal curriculum.
I have actually responded to many teachers' concerns about this issue on my other posts about reading workshop as well. If you are looking for ways to balance the basal text with the daily routine of a reading workshop, I suggest reading through the comments I have posted here and on many of my previous workshop-related blog posts. Here are links to the other posts where you will find some of my comments related to your question:
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