Graduate Research Papers

Readers' workshop : giving students time, choice, and flexibility in the classroom

Jennifer Lynn Shaffer, University of Northern Iowa

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This literature review examines Readers' Workshop and the impact it has on a primary classroom. The purpose of this review is to define Readers' Workshop, discuss how it is structured, and learn the teacher's role during Readers' Workshop. Benefits and challenges are also presented in this review. Research for this review has been gathered from professional articles and books about literacy and Readers' Workshop. Choice, time and flexibility have been found as key elements in an effective Readers' Workshop. The benefits in a primary classroom outweigh the challenges of implementing such a strategy.