and Writer's Workshop are major components of a research based literacy
program currently being adopted by Livonia schools. It is expected that
all students receive 120 minutes of literacy instruction each day.
Workshop is one key piece in a balanced literacy day. Increasing
comprehension and stamina are imperative for becoming proficient
readers. Each student reads an individually appropriate, or just right
book. Short, targeted mini lessons are woven into each day incorporating
different reading strategies (asking questions, making connections,
visualizing, etc.), followed up with sharing of some sort. During the
workshop, teachers confer with individual students and meet with small
groups for various needs.
Writer's Workshop is a mirror of
Reader's Workshop. Students are asked to write for a real audience with
an authentic purpose. Teachers demonstrate and model for students
specific lessons and ask them to apply their learning into their
personal notebooks. This gives children the opportunity to strengthen
their skills towards becoming a proficient writer. Again, teachers
confer, or meet with small groups of children for specific needs.
both workshops, children are immersed in a wide variety of text
structures, such as narrative, informational, technical and reflective
materials. Word study, grammar and spelling are infused throughout,
focusing on how students can apply these skills to their personal
reading and writing.