Reading Workshop is a model of instruction that focuses on the reader. In this program, students learn the skills and strategies that are necessary for all readers. Reading Workshop gives students enough time to practice these strategies while reading, allows one-on-one and small groups instruction to provide scaffolding for students.
The components of Reading Workshop are:
1. A mini-lesson: The teacher directly teaches the whole class a skill/strategy about reading
2. Independent reading: The student will apply previous and newly learned skills and strategies. During this time, the teacher will confer with students one-on-one or in small groups to monitor progress and provide feedback.
3. Share: Workshop ends with a share about what students have read. During the share, students will discuss skills and strategies they have used during reading.
Writer's Workshop is a model of instruction that focuses on the strengths and needs of each individual writer. Teachers provide direct instruction on the writing process, craft, genre, and mechanics. Students are given time and choice of what to write, and opportunities to share.
1. A mini-lesson: The teacher directly teaches a whole class lesson on writer's craft or conventions based on the needs of the students.
2. Independent writing time: Students practice what they were just taught in the mini-lesson. During this time, students brainstorm, draft, revise, edit and publish
3. Share: Workshop ends with a share about what students have written. During the share, students will discuss skills and strategies they have used.