Reader's Workshop

RW Def

Reading Workshop is a model of instruction with the goal of explicitly teaching strategies to skillfully comprehend text. Teachers model and teach directly the skills and strategies that proficient readers use. Students are taught that these strategies can be applied to many types of reading, and therefore students have the opportunity to self-select books and read a wide variety of text. Daily, students engage in a mini-lesson, small group instruction, conferring and independent reading. Emphasizes the importance of student engagement and interactions between readers and text. In Regional School District #10 we are employing the Teachers College approach to Reading Workshop. To learn more visit:


Mini Lesson: A whole group lesson that follows a prescribed curriculum and targets one skill or standard appropriate for the grade level. The teacher models and provides examples with read aloud or shared text. 

Independent Reading: Students practice skills with self-selected “just right” text. This is an opportunity for building stamina, reading with focus and engagement, and skill building. During this time, students may read alone and/or with a partner. The child may write in response to their reading and the teacher will confer with the reader. 

Small Group Instruction: The teacher will instruct a small group of students with similar learning needs. Skills and strategies will be taught to advance the group on the continuum of literacy learning. 

Share: There is opportunity to share and discuss reading with other students to increase comprehension and apply what has been learned. Teachers will also share to emphasize skills and strategies that proficient readers use.


• Talk about books as a family 
• Read with your child every day 
• Ask your child to share with you what he or she is reading. Ask- What is the best part? Does the character remind you of anyone you know? Do you like this author’s style, why? 
• Make reading a priority. Young readers should reread old favorites, read the pictures and tell stories and nursery rhymes with you. 
• Older readers can benefit from reading a series or many books by the same author. You can read the same book and discuss it with your child. 
• Trust your child’s teacher to match the reader with the right text for learning – the book is essential!