Reader's Workshop

Learning to Read - Falling in Love with Reading - Reading to Learn

"A workshop model is made up of a structure, routine, and ritual, which work together as a system."

Workshop Model

Phonemic Awareness


Phonemic Awareness Curriculum Provides Students with Consistent and Repeated Instruction.  

Sample Lesson


A Comprehensive, Step-by-Step Program for Developing Phonemic Awareness and Fluent Word Recognition.          Sample One Minute Drill

Read Aloud

Benefits of teachers reading aloud to their students includes:
  • improving fluency and comprehension
  • modelling fluency, comprehension, and decoding strategies
  • building a reading community
  • introducing and building new vocabulary
  • motivating readers to want to read
  • Freckle Juice
  • My Father’s Dragon
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Toys Go Out
  • The Mouse & The Motorcycle
  • The Chicken Squad
  • The Year of Billy Miller
  • The One & Only Ivan
  • Stonefox
  • The Good Dog
  • A Boy Called Bat
  • Wayside School
  • Holes
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguin
  • The Chocolate Touch
  • Harvey N Trouble School
  • Amal Unbound
  • Front Desk
  • Song of a Whale
  • Hatchet
  • Barren Ground
  • Shakespeare for Kids
  • Dragon in a Bag
  • Me & Marvin Gardens
  • Judy Moody
  • Amal Unbound
  • Front Desk
  • Song of a Whale
  • Hatchet
  • Barren Ground
  • Wonder
  • We Are All Made of Molecules
  • The Jumbies
  • Prairie Lotus
  • The Bridge Home
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus
  • Restart

Mini Lesson

  • Why do we read?

  • Where do we read?

  • What do we read?

  • What do readers do when they read?

  • What does reading look like?

  • What does reading sound like?

**Wise Reader Summary Sheet with mentor texts**

  • How do we build stamina?

  • How do we keep our mind in the book?

**Building stamina Summary Sheet with mentor texts**

  • Get my lips ready

  • Stretch the word out

  • Chunk the word (grapheme / syllable / base)

  • Blend the sounds together

  • Does it sound right? Does it make sense?

**Decoding Summary Sheet**

  • Monitoring Meaning/Comprehension

  •  Activating Background Knowledge / Schema

  • Making Connections

  • Asking Questions

  • Visualizing / Sensory Images

  • Inferring

  • Synthesizing

**Deeper Dive into the Comprehension Strategies**

Independent Reading

  • Activities
    • Segmenting
    • Sounding and blending
    • High Frequency Words 
    • Fluency Sentences


  • Focus the lesson back to the goal

  • Students share how the mini lesson has helped them become wise readers

  • Students share strategies and thinking with peers regarding the goal of the lesson

  • Students can reflect and revisit prior learning while connecting it to the mini lesson 

  • Students can check in on their personal goals

  • Opportunity for a quick assessment of where students are at in order to plan for the next lesson