We have reading workshop in our classroom 5 days a week for an hour each day.
Reading workshop is not actually a curriculum in itself. It is more of a framework for teaching reading. The format of reading workshop is a mini-lesson, followed by independent practice, ending with some reinforcement of the concept or skill being taught.
Our specific curriculum is taught within the reading workshop. All of the skills that I teach my students are presented in the form of a mini-lesson. This allows students to first practice the skill with me on the carpet and then try it out in their own self-selected books. Of course I keep tabs on them through the use of guided reading groups, strategy lessons, and conferring.
The curriculum we teach comes from units of study written by teachers in our district at each grade level. We do not use textbooks or materials except for the sets of books we use when conducting guided reading lessons.
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