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Reading (Elementary);


In this research project, Reader's Workshop is defined and explored in relation to an elementary classroom setting. The literature review describes the importance of independent reading, the structures and components of readers' workshop, how readers' workshop motivates and engages readers, and finally how to get started with readers' workshop in the elementary classroom. Following the literature review, there is a three-year professional development plan that lays out the key components of readers' workshop and its format for training a staff on how to implement this structure into their elementary classroom. Year one of the professional development project discusses what reader's workshop is, the major components of it and how to build a classroom library. Year two of the project discusses the components such as mini lessons, conferencing, and guided reading during workshop time in a more in-depth approach that year one. Finally, year three is focused on sharing time and using data to drive instruction through the format of reader's workshop.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Deborah L. Tidwell


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