I’ve got the structure of Reading Workshop, but now what?

Updated: Nov 2, 2021


Let’s think about this… Your classroom is filled with unique individuals—different reading levels, different reading interests, personal reading identities. What’s a teacher to do?!

Well, in order to reach all of those readers, we have to get to know each individually, so that we can build a plan to propel them forward.

Within the structure of workshop, right after the Minilesson, students move into Independent Work Time. This includes small group instruction and independent reading. It’s also at this time when teachers meet with students to confer.

I've worked with many teachers over the years and the questions are always the same...

  1. How does that work?

  2. What does Independent Work Time look like if I’m working with small groups?

  3. When exactly do I confer?

Here it goes… Picture this…

Reading Workshop starts. You have a total of 60 minutes.

(I know some schools only have 45 minutes...eeek...but it works! just adjust the times)

Check out this little FREEBIE on Teachers Pay Teachers for possible schedules and times

Okay...back to Readers' Workshop...

Let’s walk through a possible scenario.

Readers' Workshop begins...

  • The MINILESSON is completed (10-14 minutes)