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Reading Workshop Approach in the Middle Grades (4-8)/Flex Course


Are you interested in learning the whys, whats, and hows of implementing a reader's workshop approach in your classroom? In this online course, teachers learn how to administer a variety of assessments to help establish flexible reading groups. Teachers also learn strategies to successfully implement the reading workshop approach such as differentiation strategies, independent work strategies, independent reading ideas, as well as tips and hints for record-keeping and management. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. 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

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

The Reading Zone” by Nancie Atwell and Anne Atwell Merkel

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 26T02

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 Student to Show what they Know
  • Assignment #4: Design a book project
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)