The best way to improve reading skills is to read!
Below you will find a list of possible questions to help you with conversations about your child's reading. They are not intended to be used all at once or every time you discuss their reading. Use them at your discretion and where they are appropriate.
Questions to ask before your child reads:
- Why did you pick this book?
- What makes you think this is a "just right" book for you?
- What characters do you think might be in your story?
- Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?
- Does the topic/story relate to you or our family? How?
Questions to ask while your child is reading:
- What do you think will happen next?
- What can you tell me about the story so far?
- Can you predict how the story will end? or what will happen next?
- Why do you think the character did ______?
- What would you have done if you were the character?
- How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)
- What pictures do you see in your head?
- As you read, what are you wondering about?
- Can you put what you've just read in your own words?
Questions to ask after reading:
- Can you remember the title?
- In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?
- Were your predictions about the story correct?
- If there was a problem, did it get solved? How?
- Why do you think the author wrote the book?
- What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?
- What was your favorite part of the book? Why?
- If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? Why?
- Can you retell the story in order?
- If you were _____ , how would yo have felt?
- Is there a character like you in the story? How are you alike?
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Reader's Workshop in the Classroom
The Reader's Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension. The workshop model allows me to differentiate and meet the needs of all the students. Reader's Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
Components of Reader's Workshop
The mini-lesson for the reading workshop teach concepts, strategies, and techniques for reading and comprehension while encouraging students to read and interact with good literature. The 10-15 minute mini-lesson gives me the opportunity to give direct instruction to students and model the lessons using authentic literature. Sample mini-lessons can include:
- comprehension strategies
- procedures for Reader's Workshop
- reading strategies and skills
- literary elements
- literary techniques (i.e. voice, descriptive words, etc.)
The read-a-loud is an activity in which I read a book aloud to the whole group. The purpose of the read-a-loud is to model appropriate reading behaviors and reading strategies. It is also a time to expose children to a variety of genres and literary styles. I have the opportunity to show students the joys of reading and teach them how to think and discuss text.
The Independent Reading is the heart of the Reader's Workshop. This is the time when students practice strategies modeled in the mini-lesson or practice reading. Students can read alone, in pairs or in small response groups.
I have the opportunity to confer with students to teach guided reading lessons or have a small group lesson on a specific strategy or skill. I can also do various assessments such as running records, retellings, or keep anecdotal notes on children's progress.
Guided reading is a form of small group instruction. I work with a small group of students that are on the same reading level. Each student usually has their own text and I work with the students on skills depending on their needs, whether it is phonemic awareness, work attack skills, fluency, or reading comprehension. Guided reading is done during independent reading.