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Reading and Writing Workshop

Reading and Writing should be seen as one throughout the school day. Students should be constantly hands-on during reading activities as well as writing. The more experience a child has with reading, the more success he/she will have as a writer. Exposure to different types of text, varied storylines, and writing styles all help students achieve the ultimate goal: to see themselves as an author and writer.

How does the process look?

Reading & Writing Workshop

Name: Chelsea Taylor Date: July 5, 2014EDRD 715

Reading Circle: Students listen to a read aloud while drawing or writing their "mental thoughts" on their clipboard. Students share their thoughts with a parnter and then as a class, we answer comprehension questions. Writing Lesson: Using a prompt that correlates with the read aloud (usually), we brainstorm as a class and I (the teacher) model the assignment with the student's help. Independent Writing: Students go back to their tables and are able to work on thier own writing piece to be published.

Daily Routines

Students are often informally assessed in Kindergarten especially when trying to grow young writers and readers. Circlating the room and observing student's writing patterns can help the teacher see where to go next. Having students prepared for making "mental thoughts" and connections during reading time is very important... my Kindergarten students each have a clipboard and a pencil where they jot down their thoughts while listening to the story. As a whole group, we often pass around a "comprehension ball" to answer questions about what happened in the story.

How are students assessed?

"Reading and writing are inextricably intertwined. To say that every time a child writes, that child is reading to say the obvious. Likewise, every time a child reads, that child is learning about writing." (Wilson, L)

"As I circulated the room, my third graders excitedly pointed out places in their writing where they had used the ideas we'd highlighted in our literacy conversation such as: vivid language, foreshadowing, leaving things to the readers's imagination..." (S. Garber)

In a Kindergarten classroom, there are serveral mini-lessons that go throughout the day that are centered around reading and writing. Modeling is key in the Early Childhood classroom since this is the first time many of the students have been in a classroom setting. Students go from drawing to labeling to writing words and to finally writing sentences throughout the school year.

Reading and writing should not be taught as two seprerate subjects, the two correlate in every way. Students should be writing and reading in every subjects, the two subjects should be seen as one all through the day. "The reading-writing connection is not just about all the reading that occurs before a writer commences writing. The reading that precedes writing informs the writer about how to write." (Wilson, L)

In the Kindergarten classroom, writing and reading is incorporated during the whole morning of centers. We transition back in forth from whole group mini lessons to small group activities involving writing or reading with the classroom teacher, assistant, or group work. Students have one part of the day where they are writing or drawing about something that happened in our read aloud and then later, students are able to "free write" in their story books.

"Tis the good reader who makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else; unmistakably meant for his ear..."(R. W. Emerson)


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