Reading Workshop Mini-Lesson 8-21-12: Readers Try On Books
(This year, I'm following the lesson sequence from Lucy Calkin's Common Core Curricular Plans for Reading Workshop ...last year they were a $10 download but the new ones are already available (and free) in draft form on the TCRWP website***)
Yesterday I taught my 2nd graders (I have 28 of them for Reading Workshop for 60 minutes every day) that readers who take charge of their reading life 'try on books'...using the analogy of trying on clothes in the store, for a variety of reasons, before we buy them, readers do the same thing with books.
Then, for my mini-lesson today, I used a demonstration child to walk them through the steps of book shopping. Here was my mini-lesson teaching point today:
"Readers, today I want to teach you that readers that are the boss of their reading life...try on books, before they decide if they will add them to their book bin. To do this, they do several things. First, they decide if the cover and topic looks and sounds interesting to them. Then, they read the blurb on the book. And finally, they do the 5 finger test."
Here are pictures from the demonstration.
(child used with parent permission)
1. Ask yourself if the cover looks and sounds interesting? (No...The Great Depression...I don't blame him) So keep shopping/browsing.
2. Ask again, does the cover look and sound interesting to me? (Yes)
3. Then, read the blurb on the back, and decide if it still sounds interesting. (Yes).
4. Then, read the first page and do the 5 finger test. (Yes, 2 fingers = just right)
5. Add it to my book box. Keep it for a while until "I've thinked it out!" and there's no more thinking to be done with it.
Here's a re-cap of the strategy steps that readers use when book shopping.
A Book Shopping Flow Chart
Then for my reading conferences today, they were all about, I'm sure you can guess...book shopping, books selection, abandoning books that you JUST shopped for and self-monitoring book shopping choices.
Have a listen here: (made with the app, Audioboo)
Happy Reading! ~Jen Jones
***you can find the new free 2012-2013 Common Core Curricular Calendars from TCRWP by registering at their website here. Once you create an account, confirm through email, you will be taken to your account page. You can either click "Curriculum Calendars" at the very top of the the page or click "Curriculum Materials" on the left. Then scroll down to the bottom of that page for the materials for Reading Workshop or Writing Workshop....each listing the units for each grade level.