Use the readers' workshop to elevate your students' learning.

Grades K-2 Course Online: Summer 2020

Grades 3-8 Course Online: Summer 2020

In the readers’ workshop model, students read a variety of books independently or in small groups, with teacher guidance. The goal is for students to have extended time to learn effective reading strategies that they can apply to both fiction and nonfiction texts.

In our online classes, you'll learn what you need to know about the process, from activities and guided reading to student discussions and literature study. Help all students, particularly struggling readers and English language learners. Discover how readers' workshops can lead to student success.

You can take either of these 3-credit online courses individually or as an elective in the 18-credit online Graduate Certificate in Developing Literacy Expertise Through Responsive Classroom Teaching.

Course for Grades K–2

Learn the rationale and organizational framework to support a readers’ workshop in the primary classroom. This includes whole-group and small-group teaching, and independent reading with individual conferring. We'll consider the purpose and management of literacy centers to promote independent, self-regulated learning. Through analysis of informal assessment data, you'll design explicit instructional experiences for a range of students, including English language learners, using The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum and other resources.

Course for Grades 3–8

Learn how the framework of the readers’ workshop supports the development of the reading process in individual students. We'll also discuss how it contributes to the development of a community of learners among students and a culture of learning within the classroom. We'll give attention to supporting students who have difficulty with the reading process, and readers whose primary language is not English.

Cost, Registration, & Cancellation

3 Graduate Credits (per course)

Required Texts

  • Course for Grades K-2
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2016). The Fountas and Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, preK-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I. C. & Pinnell, G. S. (2016). Guided reading: Responsive teaching across the grades, K-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 
    • Fountas, I. C. & Pinnell, G. S. (2012). Prompting guide part 2 for comprehension: Thinking, talking, and writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I. C. & Pinnell, G. S. (2006). Teaching for comprehending and fluency: Thinking, talking, and writing about reading, K-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Course for Grades 3-8
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2001). Guiding readers and writers: Teaching comprehension, genre, and content literacy. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2016). The Fountas and Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, preK-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2011). Reader’s notebook: Advanced. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2006). Teaching for comprehending and fluency: Thinking, talking, and writing about reading, k-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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