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The Reading Workshop: Creating Space for Readers

Frank Serafini

The Reading Workshop: Creating Space for Readers


With so many different approaches to teaching reading, how can you make sense of the best paths available? If you begin with Frank Serafinis The Reading Workshop, you can be certain that each step you take will leave a lasting impression. By describing his day-to-day schedule and giving an overview of how the workshop operates over time, he provides a flexible framework you can adapt and implement to suit your needs. And by bringing his love of literature to bear on his instructional ideas, Serafini shows how you can help students learn to read so they want to.

Serafini explains how various practicesliterature circles, read alouds, shared reading, and strategy groupscan be incorporated into teaching and how preplanned engagements can blend seamlessly with response-centered instruction. Suggestions for setting up a classroom library and museum, selecting multicultural literature and cornerstone books, starting the literature study cycle, and creating shoebox autobiographies, invested student discussions, and other student projects are accompanied by helpful charts, diagrams, and visuals to help you get started and keep students involved. Throughout the book, examples and vignettes from Serafinis classroom experiences offer vivid testaments to the effectiveness of his workshop approach, even for the most reluctant readers.

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