So my email inbox has been buzzing with questions about reader's and writer's workshop. I can sense the panic in some people's emails. One thing I never hear is that they have ample planning time.
Here is my story... Everyday we are given 50 minutes for planning. That is pretty generous because I some some people have less than that! Within these 5 50 minute periods, we spend one talking about intervention students and usually another one is used to plan grade level things... that leaves 3-50 minute plan periods... Now I envy people who can get all of their weeks planning, copying, and collating done in 150 minutes, but honestly I am not one of those people. So I feel like I never have enough plan time.
This is why I love Kim Adsit's and Michelle Scannell's new Reader's Workshop Series. Ser-i-ous-ly!! I have been "doing" reader's workshop for years, but I know my lessons were not this well thought out (or as cute).
I've met Kim... I trust her... she is SMART...and she knows emergent readers.
She has three units out so far. As I was reading through them I found myself nodding... Yep! Yep! Yep! Essentially, my first 12 weeks of reader's workshop has been so well planned out for me...you know, the kind of lessons you REALLY want your principal to pop in on!
Click below to find her units on TpT.
So I have been working on a few things too... Have you ever heard of this lady named Deanna Jump?
We have pooled our thoughts centered around writing. We have our first unit out which is launching the writer's workshop.
You can find the unit on Deanna's store.
We have completed about 70% of unit two which is centered around narratives. Unit #2 should be up within a week or two.
I have attached the "Big Ideas" for the rest of the units that will be planned as the year progresses. You will notice that the Common Core Standards surrounding writing are covered! Yay!