What we allow our students to read tells them which stories we value-and which we don't. Give students the power to develop reading lives that will endure beyond school walls. Collaborative Reader Workshop allows for student choice in reading, writing, and speaking; provides an authentic audience for student work; strengthens academic ELA skills; builds a wider school community of readers; and fosters lifelong reading habits. Fleck and Heinemann offer teachers a clear model to establish this interactive reader workshop model in their classrooms as well as tools to get them started. Readers will have a reinvigorated excitement about independent reading and justification for its relevance in the classroom.
About the Author
Stephanie Fleck teaches English and sponsors the literary magazine at Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from Augsburg University. She lives in Lake Zurich with her husband and daughter. You can follow her on Twitter at @sweiss_teach. Jolene Heinemann teaches English at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois. She has her MA in English from Northeastern Illinois University. She lives in Chicago with her partner and their Flemish Giant rabbit. You can follow her much less active Twitter account at @msheinemann.