Reading Workshop Approach in the Middle Grades

(Grades 4-8) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 26T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41450


Course Description

Are you interested in learning the whys, whats, and hows of implementing a reader's workshop approach in your classroom? Are you concerned about how to manage a reader’s workshop? The course begins by establishing the foundations of implementing a reader’s workshop approach in your classroom. Then, commonly used and easy to administer assessment options are provided that can help teachers build group reading profiles. Once groups are established, teachers learn how to choose appropriate leveled books, how to help students set realistic goals, and how to confer with students about skills and strategies for independent growth to achieve maximum results. Teachers will also learn how to create learning stations that allow students some voice and choice. Suggestions for motivating students including creating book talks are shared. Differentiation strategies are also provided so that teachers may reach students at all skill levels. There is also an emphasis on management and routines to help the reader’s workshop run effectively and efficiently. By the end of this course, teachers will feel capable of successfully implementing a reader’s workshop approach in the classroom. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The content of the course was extremely relevant for me as a teacher implementing reader's workshop. I have already referred back to many of the resources as I set up my reader's workshop." - Elizabeth Speakman

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$124

Course with Credit from UCSD

$329

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.


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UCSD Course Number: EDUC41450
Unit One
  • Common Approaches to Teaching Reading
  • The What, Why, and How of a Reader's Workshop Approach
  • Management and Routines in a Reader's Workshop
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Reasons to Collect Reading Data
  • Commonly Used and Easy to Administer Assessments
  • Group Reading Profiles
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Overview of Whole Class Instruction
  • Shared Short Texts
  • Genre-Based and Thematic-Based Units
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Guided Reading and Learning Groups
  • Leveling Books
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Skills and Strategies for Individual Growth
  • Individual Goal Setting
  • Conferring with Readers
  • Learning Stations
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Motivating Students
  • Voice and Choice for Students
  • Book Talks and Other Strategies
  • Cooperative Grouping
  • Asking Students to Show what they Know
  • Assignment #4: Design a book project
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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