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July 8 @ 9:00 am September 1 @ 3:30 pm

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

Use readers’ workshop to develop your students’ reading power, their love of reading and their ability to think, talk, and write about their reading

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

July 8 – September 1, 2024 (Summer Term II)
Number of Days:
8 weeks
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Earn 3 Graduate Credits
Online Course
$2,700 ($875/credit + $25 comprehensive fee) + required texts
  • Course: EEDUC 6168-80
  • Fees are subject to change
Course Description
Course Instructor
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In the readers’ workshop model, students read a variety of books independently or in small groups, with teacher instructional support.

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 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 and a culture of learning within the classroom. We’ll give attention to supporting students who have difficulty with the reading process, and discuss how to work with multilingual learners.

By enrolling in an online 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.

Required Texts

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

  • Dorfman, L.R. & Krupp, B.J. (2023). Welcome to reading workshop structures and routines that support all readers. Stenhouse.
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2022, 2017).The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, expanded edition.
  • 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 Headshot

Linda 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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