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Reading

The Reading Workshop  approach to  language arts provides students opportunities to work as a whole group as well as provides instruction for each individual student.

Reading workshop begins each day with a read aloud.  The teacher reads many books throughout the year, covering a wide range of genres, authors, and styles.  Lessons are built from this read aloud to instruct the students.  The lessons include direct instruction, modeling, and small group work.  Some past read aloud books are:  Edward's Eyes by Particia Mclaughlin, The Cay by Theodore Taylor, Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Loch by Paul Zindel, and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.  
 Students then do self-selected independent reading.  During their independent reading, the students practice the skills taught in the lesson.  Also, during this independent reading time the teacher conferences with the students on their particular reading material, assesses the students' needs, and provides the student with reading instruction specific to his or her needs.