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Reading Workshop

Across our district, our readers participate in reading workshop, read-alouds, small group instruction, independent reading and book clubs. Our goal is to create lifelong readers who are confident and independent. Students in all of our classrooms have access to a wide variety of high quality middle grade and young adult literature and have the opportunity to read a wide range of topics, authors, genres, and text. During reading workshop, students are taught explicit strategies to apply to their independent reading.

As part of reading workshop, students curate a variety of resources using digital tools to gather and share information, and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.

Eighth Grade Reading Workshop

Reading Units of Study may include:

  • Literary Nonfiction: Upper middle grader readers determine central ideas that are implied, and not stated directly. They identify and trace arguments across nonfiction texts, reading flexibility as the nonfiction texts have a blend of informational passages and narrative passages.
  • Critical Literacy: Unlocking Contemporary Fiction: Upper middle grade readers analyze themes, characters, power dynamics, and identity in literature through theoretical lenses. They develop analytical summarizing techniques, annotating and producing long-form notes in response to their reading.
  • Dystopian Book Clubs: Upper middle grade readers study character archetypes, symbolism, and the political and systemic obstacles that characters face in dystopian literature.

Eighth grade readers could be reading fiction books like Scythe, Divergent, All-American Boys, Pride, Orbiting Jupiter, or The Poet X.

Eighth grade readers could be reading nonfiction texts like Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Immigrant Kids, Free Lunch, March, or The Disappearing Spoon.

Adjustments for text sets - topics like (essential research skills) text sets on current topics could include plastic waste, climate change, and freedom of speech, and voting rights.