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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.

Fifth Grade Reading Workshop

Fifth-grade readers are developing their intellectual independence. This includes reading closely, understanding how different authors develop similar themes, and comparing and contrasting to go beyond simple enjoyment to arrive at deeper meaning. 
Fifth-grade readers investigate complex nonfiction texts and practice foundational reading work, which may include fluency, word-solving, and orienting in a complicated new book.

Reading Units of Study may include:

  • Interpretation Book Clubs: Analyzing Themes: Fifth-grade readers develop interpretations of themes and analyze the ways authors used writing techniques to convey a message.
  • Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction: Fifth-grade students read high-interest nonfiction texts at their independent level in book clubs or partnerships. Readers may participate in independent inquiry projects.
  • Argument and Advocacy: Researching Debatable Issues: Fifth-grade readers research an engaging, debatable issue and summarize their arguments. Readers annotate texts to map their thinking, and analyze arguments, including craft moves the authors used to make their points.

Fifth-graders could be reading books like Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate, and When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca Johnson.