Sunday, July 8, 2012

First 20 Days of Reader's Workshop

I've been doing Reader's Workshop in my classroom since I began teaching.  But I've done different variations of it.  I've done literacy centers, stations, guided reading, and conferring with students individually.  At my current school, we are given the ability to do what we think is best for our students.  I have seen a mixture of Reader's Workshop and the Daily 5.  It seems like the Daily 5 is the trend right now.  I would like to learn more about it and see if that would work for me and my students.  But for now, I am doing Reader's Workshop in my classroom.  I do a mini-lesson, then the students practice what we learn and then read, and then we have sharing/reflecting time.

What I wanted to share today was how I do the first 20 days in my room.  The first 20 days are how you introduce your reading procedures to your students during the first few weeks of school.  I found some information online about it, but I mostly use resources from professional development workshops I've attended in the past.  I've always done the first 20 days in my classroom, but I would wait until school started and then get out all my handouts and pick which "lesson" I wanted to do that particular day.  Since I have so much time on my hands this summer, I wanted to plan ahead by going through all my resources now and planning which "lessons" I want to do when school starts.  I am working on writing out actual lessons for each day, but for now I can share the topics that I'm planning on teaching and in which order.

Day 1 - How to gather on the rug; Readers read every day
Day 2 - What is Reader's Workshop; What do readers read
Day 3 - How to take care of our books; Introduce classroom library
Day 4 - How to preview a book; 3 ways to read a book
Day 5 - Making good book choices (Just Right books); How to put books away
Day 6 - Why readers abandon books
Day 7 - Reading rubric
Day 8 - Reading rubric
Day 9 - Reading is thinking
Day 10 - Thinking and talking about reading
Day 11 - Good listeners/sharing
Day 12 - Book boxes
Day 13 - Reading spots
Day 14 - How to use anchor charts
Day 15 - Solving unknown words
Day 16 - Solving unknown words
Day 17 - Buddy reading (EEKK)
Day 18 - Buddy reading (EEKK)
Day 19 - Reading toolkit
Day 20 - Review

That's how I have it planned out so far.  Some other topic ideas for lessons are:

Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Small Group Expectations
Book Recommendations

Are there any important topics I'm missing?  Do you have something about the first 20 days you want to share with me?


  1. Thanks for sharing this! My old school we were only allowed to use the basal, and I'm really excited but a bit lost to do reader's workshop this year. How long is your reading block? I always find myself overplanning, but your lessons seem doable!


    1. Dede, our Reading block this year is changing a little due to the integration of RTI. We actually get a TA in our room to help with intervention, which is great! My Reader's Workshop time will be about an hour long (that's not including word work). I will do a mini lesson, like the ones above for the first twenty days, then the students will practice the taught skill and read independently, then we will get together to reflect on what we learned. These above lessons will be very short because I want to build up the reading stamina of my students, that's why I have two lessons for some days. If you haven't already read it, you should read Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller, it really inspired me when I first began Reader's Workshop. In the future I will be writing more about how I do Reader's Workshop in my classroom.

      Good luck!

  2. This is great -thanks for sharing! I would probably include time to set up a Reader's Notebook and maybe something like "My Life as a Reader" or "My Reading History." Cris Tovani has a neat thing about Meaningful Books, too.

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    1. Those are great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!