Yesterday, I met with my students again at the library and decided I make each book club meeting just like reader's workshop. Those of you who have been a follower of mine, know I have never taught reader's workshop, and next year is my first try at it. I figured the summer would be perfect time to try my hand at mini lessons, and conferring.
I started our session off by having everyone share the books they had been reading this summer and then we listed reading strategies they had learned this year (previewing, summarizing, predicting etc.). then I told them I was going to add one more strategy to their tool bag.
I placed a cup full of thinking clouds on the table. I showed each cloud to the students and explained what each meant and then I modeled what it meant to have metacognition. I began by reading a book to the students and every time I made a connection, visualised or wondered I would hold up the corresponding cloud and began to whisper my thoughts. I explained to them when they hear me whisper, they are hearing my thoughts. The lesson went really well.
When I conferred with one of the students I asked her about her strengths and weaknesses as a reader, she told me she was good at fluency, but that she struggled to retain comprehension. I showed her a strategy called "read, cover, remember" to help her set her pace and test her comprehension as she goes instead of at the end of the story when it is too late. All in all, the lessons went great and I am excited I was able to try reader's workshop before school started.