The Grade 3 Readers' Workshop lesson focused on author's viewpoint and began with the four part mini-lesson using an authentic children's text, Tea with Milk, by Allen Say. The teacher, Jenny Nash, began by explaining to her young readers, "Author's viewpoints are not clearly stated in the book, rather you have to do some of your own thinking by the details the author provides to understand the author's viewpoint."
Mrs. Nash modeled using a short excerpt from this familiar text. She reread the excerpt, used a three column graphic organizer (labeled place, details, and author's feelings) to think aloud, and recorded the details to make her conclusion clear about the author's viewpoint.
After the guided reading group, the teacher individually conferred with five students, selected individuals to share their work in closing session that would reiterate her teaching point from the mini-lesson, and students returned to the meeting area as a whole group to close the lesson. Select students shared their work, the teacher took their thinking deeper by asking questions, and the lesson closed. Mrs. Nash reminded students that good readers think about the author's viewpoint as they read to help them to better understand the story.
During the debrief the Schultz audience asked Mrs. Nash questions, and she gave them a virtual tour of her classroom to show which artifacts are in place to support the Readers' Workshop. I don't know about you, but in my opinion, you can't make your practice any more visible than that! Thanks, Jenny!