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Reading Workshop Survival Kit. J–B Ed: Survival Guides

  • ID: 2212708
  • Book
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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For reading and classroom teachers in grades 5–12, here is a complete, step–by–step guide to setting up and running a successful reading workshop where reading is the priority all conveniently organized into two parts.

Part I, "Management of the Reading Workshop," shows how to create a reading workshop, offers specific tools and strategies for classroom management, and includes reproducible handouts. Following is a brief description of the three chapters in this section:
∗ An overview Emphasizes that through reading and responding to what is read, students communicate and share ideas while they learn skills. Reproducibles include "Elements of the Reading Workshop" and "The Role of the Teacher in the Reading Workshop."
∗Management Covers everything from beginning your day to building a positive atmosphere and organizing discussion groups. Reproducibles include "Student Responsibilities in the Reading Workshop" and "Reading Log Guidelines."
∗Evaluation Provides descriptions of various evaluation methods, such as portfolios, daily logs of student performance, and conferencing. Reproducibles include "Book Summary Sheet" and "Self–Evaluation Questions for Teachers."
Part II, "Using Mini–Lessons in the Reading Workshop," contains 100 different mini–lessons focusing on specific reading topics and skills. Each of the lessons stands alone, can be used in any order you wish, and is accompanied by one and sometimes two reproducibles. The lessons cover:

(1) Types of Reading and Related Topics. 50 mini–lessons feature topics such as Helping Students Select Books for Reading... The Publishing Process... Book Review... Mysteries...Mythology of Native Americans...Poetry of African Americans.
(2) Story Elements. 25 mini–lessons focus on story elements like What Makes a Good Lead... Motivation... Style and Tone... Symbolism... First–Person Point of View... Foreshadowing.
(3) Specific Reading Skills. 25 mini–lessons cover a wide array of reading skills, such as Identifying Fact and Opinion... Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension... Recalling Details... Cause and Effect...Reading Test–Taking Strategies... SQ3R.

In short, the Reading Workshop Survival Kit gives you all the guidelines and tools you need to use the workshop approach effectively, plus 100 ready–to–use mini–lessons and over 120 reproducible worksheets and handouts for teaching and reinforcing specific reading skills and topics in any program.

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About reading instruction.

How to use this resource.

PART I: Management of the Reading Workshop.

Chapter 1: An overview of the reading workshop.

Reading in the reading workshop.

Reproducible: "Elements of the Reading Workshop".

Teacher and student roles in the reading workshop.

Reproducibles: "The role of the teacher in the reading workshop".

The value and use of mini–lessons.

A final word.

Chapter 2: Managing the reading workshop.

Building a positive atmosphere.

Setting up your classroom.

Reproducible: "Student responsibilities in the reading workshop".

Reproducible: "Reading Self–appraisal".

Reproducible: "Promoting a positive atmosphere in your reading workshop".

Organizing your day.

Teaching methods in the reading workshop.

Reading logs.

Reproducible: "Reading Log Guidelines".

Reproducible: "Possible questions for reading logs".

Strategies to organize discussion groups.

Incorporating discussion groups in your reading workshop.

Reproducible: "Discussion group guidelines".

A final word.

Chapter 3: Evaluation.

Reading tests.

Daily logs of student performance.

Reading conference.


Reports, projects, and special activities.

Grades in the reading workshop.

Reproducible: "Book Summary Sheet".

Self–evaluation for teachers.

A final word.

Reproducible: "Self–evaluation question for teachers".

PART II The mini–lessons.

Mini–lesson 1 through 50 Types of reading and related topics.

Fiction and nonfiction.

Short stories, novellas, and novels.

The essay.


General information articles.

Newspaper articles.

Book reviews.

Movie reviews.



Genre fiction.

Stories of romance.

Stories of adventure.


Science fiction.

Fantasy stories.

Horror stories.

Historical novels.



American folklore.


Greek mythology.

Roman mythology.

Norse (Germanic) mythology.

Mythology of Native Americans.

The mythology of Africa.

Mythologies of Asia.


Narrative poems.

Epic poems.

Lyric poems.

Blank verse.

Free verse.


Concrete poetry.

The poetry of Native Americans.

The poetry of African–Americans.

Japanese Poetry–– Free verse, Tanks, and Haiku.

Anthologies, sequels, trilogies, and series.

Pseudonyms–– Why authors use them.

Book titles.

The publishing process.

Film adaptations and novelizations.

Helping students select books for reading.

Building a personal library.

Building good reading habits.

Avoiding poor reading habits.

Reading for different purposes.


Mini–lessons 51 through 76 Story Elements.

Beginnings: prefaces, forewords, prologues, and introductions.

Endings: Epilogues, afterwords, and conclusions.

What makes a good lead?.



The climax.

Understanding character.





Imagery and figurative language.

Style and tone.







Point of view.

First–person point of view.

Third–person point of view.

Figures of speech.




Mini–lessons 77 through 100 Specific Reading Skills.


Strategies for improving reading comprehension.

The importance of using context cues.

Building a reading vocabulary.

Finding main ideas.

Recalling details.

Making inferences and drawing conclusions.

Identifying fact and opinion.

Cause and effect.

Comparison and contrast.

Using a dictionary.

Using the card catalog.

Reference sources in the library.

Locating information.


The table of contents.

Using a glossary.

Using an index.

Understanding tables.

Understanding basic graphs.

The SQ3R system.

Reading test–taking strategies.

Readers and the Internet.

Reading for enjoyment.

Suggested reading list.
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Gary Robert Muschla
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