In second grade each daily reading workshop session begins with a 20-minute, whole-class mini lesson that focuses on a specific reading skill or strategy. Students are then expected to apply these strategies to their own reading as they rotate through various literacy stations. On any given day in reading workshop students may spend time reading to themselves, reading with a classmate, listening or reading texts on the computer, participating in phonics and spelling activities and/or meeting with a teacher for guided reading instruction.
Guided reading consists of explicit and differentiated instruction for very small groups of readers (2-5 students) reading at the same level. Groups meet two to four times a week based on needs. Guided reading typically begins with a brief vocabulary or word study mini-lesson, followed by reading strategy instruction that is embedded within a leveled text. Group instruction usually closes with a brief reading response or writing mini-lesson.
During reading workshop each student carries a book box full of self-selected, I-Pick books that are appropriate for their current reading level. I-Pick stands for I choose books based on Purpose (Why do I want to read this?), Interest (Does this book interest me?), Comprehension (Do I understand what I am reading?) and Knowing (Do I know most of the words?). Choosing appropriate books that match each student’s individual interests and reading level is a skill that takes much practice and self-awareness.
Second grade reading workshop units of study include…
- Taking Charge of Reading (Fiction)
- Becoming Experts (Nonfiction)
- Amping Up Reading Power (Fiction)
- Series Book Clubs (Fiction)
- Nonfiction Book Clubs