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Readers in the Middle

Grade(s): 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic(s): Teaching Writing, Teaching Reading

Reading workshops have become the norm in many middle schools across the country. In recent years, workshop routines of minilessons, conferring, and whole-class discussions have been supplemented with book clubs, strategy instruction, and more emphasis on nonfiction texts.

This DVD takes you into Katie Doherty's vibrant inner-city middle school reading workshop.  Katie and her students explore the "new basics" of reader's workshop, including:

*    Discussing literature through student-led book clubs;
*    Developing strategies to assist students who struggle;
*    Using picture books to teach inferring skills;
*    Conferring in ways that differentiate instruction;
*    Connecting writing with response to literature through focused prompts;
*    Pulling small groups for guided practice;
*    Responding to poetry; and
*    Choosing books for independent reading based on peer recommendations.

These lively and diverse students are young, yet you can see glimpses of the mature and articulate readers they are becoming through the high expectations and wide range of choices they experience every day in the classroom.

You can view a sample of the DVD by clicking the player below. Please be aware that video compressed for the web is much lower quality than that on the published DVD:


Katie Doherty is a teacher and writer in Portland, Oregon.  She is a frequent contributor to Choice Literacy.

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Cost: $159

Katie Doherty

Katie Doherty is an avid reader and writer. And who better to read and write with than a gaggle of 6th graders in Portland, Oregon? Through reading and writing workshops, Katie and her students work to build the community they need to thrive as readers, writers, learners, and thinkers. Katie is featured on the Choice Literacy DVD Readers in the Middle, and is completing a book on middle school book clubs.