Reading Workshop Teacher Guides & Printables!

 Power Reading Workshop: a Step by Step Guide

I've been using the reading workshop model for the past four years.  Being a board member for the Michigan Reading Association and the co-Technology Director, I've been fortunate enough to  meet several experts in this area.  I've had breakfast with Fountas and Pinnell, lunch with Ellin Oliver Keene, attended workshops by Kathy Collins and Anita Archer, collaborated with Troy Hicks and Ginny Dowd, partnered with Larua Candler and Donalyn Miller, and more.  I mention this only to add validity to the quality of Laura's resources.  There are many resources I've used.  I've attended extensive professional development in the area of reading workshop and writing workshop.  I am happy to express to you that her resources are among my absolute favorite for teaching the workshop model.  

The four chapters in Power Reading Workshop are as follows:
  1. What is the Power of Reading Workshop? (basic components and tools)
  2. Teacher Preparation (steps 1 - 3: materials, conference notebook, finding books)
  3. Basic Reading Workshop (10 daily lessons to launch your workshop)
  4. Power Reading Tools (12 tools to use as you continue your mini-lessons)

 In the image above, you can see a segment from her forth chapter, Power Reading Tools.  This chapter includes twelve tools you can use in your reading workshop.  This is one of my favorite chapters because each tool starts with a detailed guide for the teacher including a step by step road-map for instructional delivery.  Each tool includes printable samples you can use with your students, prompts, completed samples to use for examples, tips, recording sheets, and more!

The best part about this particular book is that it's great for a workshop beginner or a workshop expert.  If you're just starting out with teaching reading workshop, I highly recommend this resource.  The ten daily lessons in chapter three will really guide you with how to launch your workshop.  I remember transitioning from using a basal to doing workstations to doing workshop.  I really loved the First 20 Days resource by Fountas and Pinnell when I began using a workshop approach.  I wish I would have had Laura's book when I first started.  However, even though I've been doing the workshop model for a few years, I'm thankful that I now have this tool to refresh my teaching and to give me additional creative ideas to do for next year.  I also like that I don't have to create each tool to use.  Laura has each resource ready to print.  How nice!

20 Read Alouds to Launch your Reading Workshop

In chapter two, Laura outlines ten daily lessons to launch your reader's workshop.  For each of the ten days, she suggests two mentor texts you could use with your mini-lesson.  If you're like me, you are probably always adding books to your cart on Amazon.  I have a wish list that I dump all of my dream items into as I'm planning my shopping on Amazon.  Then, as I can, I move items from my wish list to my cart to purchase.  I've created a handy widget below that includes all twenty mentor texts that Laura suggests as read alouds during her ten days of launching reader's workshop.  I love that she did this because it's sometimes hard finding that 'just-right' book to go with each of your lessons.  There is such power and magic in finding that just-right book!

{click here to see the 20 read alouds}

Laura's resources have become my favorites simply because they make sense.  As soon as I opened  Power Reading Workshop, I sat down with the book and began brainstorming where I could plug in each tool or strategy with my existing model.  The book is 100% teacher friendly.  The chapters are laid out in an organized manner.  Each chapter contains just enough information without overwhelming the reader or leaving one slightly confused.  I especially love the photographs and diagrams woven throughout each section.  Being a visual person, I really enjoy taking a peak into the photos of the classroom spaces.   

How to get Power Reading Workshop: a Step by Step Guide
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Laura also created a great companion for Power Reading Workshop...
These two books are great when sold individually, but I highly suggest having both resources.

Graphic Organizers for Reading:
Teaching Tools Aligned with the Common Core

If you're looking for one resource that has a ton of tools for 'best-practice teaching,' you'd love this book.  As I flip through the pages, I smile because it seems like every great workshop or conference I've been to has mentioned the ideas and tools Laura shares in this book.  Of course scaffolding, critical thinking, and collaborating aren't new ideas or even gems that Laura invented, but they are integrated into the work that Laura shares throughout this book.  

Laura has taken great teaching practices and developed resources to match these methods.  For example, I often plan in terms of the "I do, We do, You do" approach.  This is where I model a concept, we try the work together, and gradually I release responsibility upon the individual.  One example Laura includes is a simple lesson planning template that matches this approach to teaching.  There are also tools for a more inquiry based approach to teaching.  The variety of tools helps to provide a nice balance of teaching methods.  Depending on what I'm teaching and where my students are often determines the method of my instructional delivery, or style.  I'm glad this book includes an array of tools to fit the many styles I possess as a teacher.

How to get Graphic Organizers for Reading

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