Oh, I am in heaven now. I am really loving teaching fifth grade this year. Reading and writing workshop looks very different in many ways (and many ways not), so I am excited to share how those changes have rolled out.
And I do not have to teach with a basal. That came from my school three years ago. Luckily, we have the freedom to teach skills in an authentic way, through rich literature. In fact, our school doesn't use textbooks much at all!
But it sounds like you have a nice literacy block. That gives you some time to work with kids! If you are an upper grade teacher and want to develop deeper reading/writing responses, look up Linda Rief's Inside the Writer's-Reader's Notebook: A Workshop Essential.
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