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ERIC Number: EJ876260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
A Collaborative Approach to Reading Workshop in the Middle Years
Meyer, Kylie Elizabeth
Reading Teacher, v63 n6 p501-507 Mar 2010
The reading workshop approach has been found to successfully improve students' reading comprehension and attitudes toward reading. "Reading workshop" is a term that initially referred to reading sessions that encouraged and supported the independent reading of literature, and it traditionally included reading minilessons, independent silent reading, and reader response tasks. This article describes a collaborative approach to reading workshop. The collaborative reading workshop process developed by the author is a whole-class, collaborative, apprenticeship approach that promotes reciprocal dialogue, critical thinking, and the explicit teaching and sharing of active comprehension (or high-yield) strategies. It involves reciprocal interaction between teachers and students and deep engagement with texts through student-generated questions and connections, generating inquiry around issues that the students genuinely wonder about in relation to the texts they are reading. The collaborative reading workshop approach at the author's school, through its interactive processes, has led to greater intellectual demand in the teaching of reading. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A