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July 10, 2023 @ 9:00 am September 3, 2023 @ 3:30 pm

Intentional Teaching in a Readers’ Workshop for Grades 3-8

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Use the readers’ workshop to develop and empower independent readers.

In this 8-week online graduate course for grades 3-8 teachers, learn the purpose, organization, and process of a readers’ workshop.

July 10 – September 3, 2023 (Summer Term II)
Number of Days:
8 weeks
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
Must be taken for graduate credit
Online Graduate Course
$2,325 ($750/credit + $25/credit comprehensive fee) + required texts
  • Course Number: EEDUC 6168.80
  • Fees are subject to change
Course Description & Outcomes
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. 

In this 8-week online graduate course, learn how the framework of the readers’ workshop supports the development of the reading process in individual students grades 3-8. We’ll also discuss how it contributes to the development of a community of learners among students and a culture of learning within the classroom. We’ll give attention to supporting students who have difficulty with the reading process, and readers whose primary language is not English.

By enrolling in an online graduate course, you have the flexibility to learn at your own pace with the support of a virtual community and have access to a variety of educational resources and materials at your convenience.

Looking for the Readers’ Workshop course for Grades K-2? Click here.

Required Texts

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

  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2011). Reader’s notebook: Advanced. Heinemann. 
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2022, 2017). The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, expanded edition. Heinemann. 
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2018). The Fountas & Pinnell literacy quick guide: A reference tool for responsive literacy teaching. Heinemann. 
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2017). Guided reading: Responsive teaching across the grades. Heinemann. 
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Fountas & Pinnell prompting guide, part two for comprehension: Thinking, talking, and writing. Heinemann. 

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


Linda Murphy, Associate Director, Literacy Programs

Linda Murphy HeadshotLinda has worked in school districts in New York in a variety of roles and settings. Prior to her joining the center at Lesley University, Linda held positions as a principal of an intermediate school, a Director of English Language Arts, Social Studies and Reading, a district trainer for Literacy Collaborative Intermediate, a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and a classroom teacher. Linda holds licenses in Elementary Education and School District Administration.

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