Lesson Plan: Reading Workshop
Flora Tyler, Picacho Middle School, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Tyler's lesson plan is also available as a PDF
file. See Materials Needed, below, for links to student
activity sheets related to the lesson.
Conducting a reading workshop
By the time of year when this class was recorded, students
are familiar with the classroom rules and procedures for readers'
workshop. They are working on their individual goals, preparing
literature log entries in their writer's notebooks and developing
both a literary poster and a presentation based on a novel
they have read during the school year.
addition, students have been taught about Howard Gardner's
work with multiple intelligences.
References to these intelligences are made and connections
to ways students use their intelligences are reinforced regularly.
Students are asked to consider ways they can use several of
their intelligences when preparing their literature presentations.
their reading and writing skills.
and meet individual reading goals.
individual literature to read.
and enjoy the literature they read.
knowledge of literary elements.
insights about their reading with their classmates.
Products From Lesson:
sharing books and writing pieces with each other
modeling finished reading projects
Structure of Class:
Students are grouped heterogeneously. During the class period,
some may be seated alone working on a project or completing
a written response. Some may be in the reading area, choosing
books, or reading independently. Some may be in designated
areas for peer conferencing, or a group may be gathered in
the presentation area with the teacher.
Activities or Culminating Activities:
Students will complete a literary poster and a literary presentation
on a novel they have completed during the year. These will
be shared and videotaped by other students.
Students may be assessed holistically on a daily basis through:
and participation (successful meeting of self-determined
following activities might receive scaled (or graded) evaluation:
Assessment and Evaluation:
Some Useful Principles for a detailed explanation of holistic
and scaled evaluation.