About Readers and Writers Workshop

Readers/Writers Workshop

In the middle school at AES we teach literacy through an adapted workshop model.  The workshop approach to reading and writing is a methodology developed by Columbia University that is grounded in the latest research on literacy and brain development.  It provides students with a supportive environment that involves them in authentic reading and writing experiences that focus on the strengths and needs of each individual student. The adapted workshop model is a differentiated approach aimed at supporting the level of all learners and helping to create student ownership for their learning.  The goal is to help students develop strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills through the use of instructional strategies such as mini-lessons, shared reading and writing, teacher demonstrations of skills through read aloud texts, conferencing, literature responses, and independent reading and writing.

 

Authentic Reading is reading a variety of text for real purposes. Authentic reading is most like that which occurs in everyday life.

Authentic Reading includes:

  • reading that is meaningful, relevant, and useful to the reader;
  • supporting readers with a print-rich environment;
  • providing choice within a variety of forms and genres;
  • having the opportunity to interact with others in response to the text;
  • focusing on communicating ideas or shared understandings;
  • providing authentic meaning-making experiences: for pleasure, to be informed, or to perform a task.

 

Authentic Writing is writing for real purposes and real audiences. Authentic writing is writing that is most like that which occurs in everyday life.

Authentic Writing includes:

  • writing that is meaningful, relevant and useful to the writer;
  • supporting writers with a print-rich environment;
  • providing choice within a variety of forms and genres;
  • understanding that the writing process is recursive;
  • having the opportunity to interact with others in response to text 

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