I am using Laura Candler's Power Reading Workshop this year. I attempted it last year, but with all of the difficult behaviors I had to abandon ship. Last week I started preparing my students for independent silent reading by setting the timer for 20 minutes. This week we are working up to 30 minutes. During this time I am pulling students one on one for DIBELS assessments. This is also teaching my students to not interrupt me when I am working with another student. So far the most difficult part for my students are not using the restroom during this time and the last ten minutes of reading. With practice they will get there :)
Our lesson today included a Closed Reading focusing on using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. As my students read they highlighted words they didn't know or comprehend. They chose really great words today: anxiously, unanimously, lectures, morgue, and anatomy.
After our mini-lesson my students read silently for 30 minutes. I haven't started letting them choose spots in the room yet, because they are still struggling a bit with staying it their seats. I have allowed one person from each team to sit in the class library to slowly introduce sitting and reading around the room. This picture makes me so happy :)
After silent reading my students respond to their reading, which relates back to the skill taught during the mini-lesson. I used carbon copy sticky notes that Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching gave me last month. The kids LOVED these!
I stuck them on a sheet of paper to review and check, some of their word choices were pretty interesting :)