Reading Workshop

Integrated Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Listening & Speaking, and Managing Information)

At ISB, our curriculum focuses on developing students’ comprehension, fluency, and stamina. At the center of our program are the reading and writing workshops. The workshop framework includes a mini-lesson to explicity model skills and strategies, followed by a chunk of time for private reading or writing while the teacher confers with individuals or guides small group learning (i.e. guided reading, strategy lessons, and interventions). The workshop also includes partnership time to develop communication and collaboration skills. In addition to the workshop time, the components of our balanced literacy framework include:

  • Daily interactive read-aloud
  • Shared reading and Interactive Writing (Primary)
  • Word Study
  • Literacy development in content areas
  • Digital literacy (Intermediate)

Reading Program in Grade 4

The reading units of study in grade 4 is mostly genre based (ie. mystery, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction, realistic fiction, etc.) with embedded skills and strategies.Our curriculum focuses on developing students’ comprehension, fluency, stamina, and volume. Recent classroom research shows that reading ability develops best when a balanced reading program is in place. At the center of our program is the reading workshop, which includes a mini-lesson, private reading time, and partner reading time. The reading units of study include¬†Mystery, Nonfiction, Fantasy, Author Study, and Social Issues. In addition to independent reading workshop, the components of a balanced literacy framework include:

    • Interactive read-alouds
    • Word Study
    • Small Group Instruction (Book clubs, guided reading, strategy lessons, and interventions)
    • Writing Workshop

Support for Shared Reading

Here are some tips for helping your child at home. You’ll find some great questions to help your child better understand their independent reading.

FAMILY SUPPORT for great readers

Reading Brochure

Questions to ask while reading




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