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July 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am August 30, 2020 @ 3:30 pm

Intentional Teaching in a Readers’ Workshop for Grades K-2

Adults learning in a classroom.

Use the readers’ workshop to elevate your students’ learning.

In this 8-week online graduate course for K-2 teachers, learn the purpose, organization, and process of a readers’ workshop.

July 6-August 30, 2020 (Summer Term II)
Number of Days:
8 weeks
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Must be taken for graduate credit
Online Graduate Course
$2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee) + required texts
  • Course Number: EEDUC 6180.80
  • Fees are subject to change
Course Description
Cancellation Deadlines & Refund Policies


In the readers’ workshop model, students read a variety of books independently or in small groups, with teacher guidance. The goal is for students to have extended time to learn effective reading strategies that they can apply to both fiction and nonfiction texts.

Learn the rationale and organizational framework to support a readers’ workshop in the primary classroom.

This includes whole-group and small-group teaching, and independent reading with individual conferring. We’ll consider the purpose and management of literacy centers to promote independent, self-regulated learning. Through analysis of informal assessment data, you’ll design explicit instructional experiences for a range of students, including English language learners, using The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum and other resources.

Required Texts

You are responsible for purchasing/having access to the following professional texts for this course:

  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2016). The Fountas and Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, preK-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. C. & Pinnell, G. S. (2016). Guided reading: Responsive teaching across the grades, K-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. C. & Pinnell, G. S. (2012). Prompting guide part 2 for comprehension: Thinking, talking, and writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. C. & Pinnell, G. S. (2006). Teaching for comprehending and fluency: Thinking, talking, and writing about reading, K-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.


This option must be taken for 3 graduate credits. Take the course individually or as an elective in our 18-credit Online Graduate Certificate in Developing Literacy Expertise Through Responsive Classroom Teaching.

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