July 30, 2014

How Should I Structure My Literacy Block?

Your school's schedule holds you to a specific time frame for how long you have to teach reading and writing on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, as language arts teachers, we often do not receive as much time as we need to teach reading and writing.  One of the most common questions I receive from blog readers, teachers who buy my TpT products, and teachers who I coach is: How do I fit it all in?

I have found that going into the school year with a tentative plan on how I'm going to maximize the time I have during my literacy block to teach reading and writing leads me down a more productive path.  You can always adjust and tweak your plan as the year progresses, but trying to challenge yourself and your students to gear routines and behavior expectations in order to maximize the time you do have is key.


That's why I decided to create a guide for my middle school teacher friends out there, outlining possible ways to lay out Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop depending on the amount of time you have with students each day.  It is a free download on my TpT store, so I hope it is helpful to you! :)




Above is a sample time structure format for Reading Workshop.  To view the other time recommendations, download the freebie above.

6 comments :

  1. Hello from Texas!! <3 this and thanks for sharing!! Hope you have a fabulous school year

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    1. Hi Valerie! So glad you love it and hope you have a fabulous school year as well!

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  2. Out of curiosity, in an ELA block, would you do one period as outlined above for reading workshop and then one period of writing workshop, or would you change your structure to integrate both?

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    1. It depends how much time you have. I actually have all of the recommendations for the different scenarios out there (time and teaching assignments). It's a free download from my TpT store. Check it out by clicking the link above.

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    2. I see that now. I don't know why I just focused on the literacy block. I've always had an 80-minute block and struggled to get everything in. I agree with what you suggested about breaking the focus into two days, and I REALLY like the bonus time to work on whatever wasn't our focus that day. Thanks!

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    3. Yay! I"m so glad this is helpful. The bonus time is what I usually do, and I love it because it keeps my students reading and writing every day. I'm like you though and don't have quite enough time in my literacy block to get both workshops in daily.

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