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The Reader’s Workshop Model

The Reader’s Workshop Model

If you’ve listened to your daughter’s English teachers over the years, you’ve probably heard curricula terms thrown around like Kipp Wheatley, Scholastic, Pearson, EngageNY, and maybe even Reader’s Workshop.

There is something positive about all of these types of learning, and while I love EngageNY, my favorite is Reader’s Workshop. I taught the Reader’s Workshop method for two years at a Denver charter school and also had the pleasure to attend Columbia University’s Teachers College summer training on implementing the program in middle school.

So what is special about Reader’s Workshop?

  • Kids read what they are interested in
  • Kids read at their level
  • Kids learn the same reading skills and apply them to their book of choice
  • Kids express their learning by utilizing a reader’s workshop notebook where they can express their own creativity

If you’re interested, check out “The Book Whisperer” by Donalyn Miller.


So how does the Reader’s Workshop model work in a summer camp setting?

Great question! We’ll be reading the same main text (for example, “I am Malala”), but then girls will have the chance to choose other books.

Girls will utilize their reader’s workshop notebooks to express their own creativity and learning about the activities that we do during the day.

Here’s an example:

Reader’s Workshop is fun and engaging and inspiring! I know that your daughter will love it! 🙂

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