Thanks for your ideas. I totally agree with you that the basal stories are not at grade level. I work with the low readers' class as Title I assistance, and they cannot read many of the words, and the stories are so long, that they don't hold their interest. They don't hold my interest!! I previously asked you how to do Readers' Workshop in an hour,and I see that your schedule works in one hour. You also suggested to use the basal story as a read aloud. When do you schedule a read aloud within the hour block? The students have reading class for one hour,and then move on down the hall to their math class. I could do Readers' Workshop, but when would I do read aloud as well as teach vocabulary, synonyms,prefixes, dictionary skills, etc.?
Also, I can picture those students who would try to get out of reading and who don't because they don't like to and/or have difficulty with reading(low achievers). Do you have a plan to deal with them and/or encourage them to read?
Thanks again for your great ideas! Have a good week!
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