Debbie Miller's book, Reading with Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades, is an easy to read, easy to follow book that is written in sequential order. The first few chapters are about setting for a Reader's Workshop. Then, each chapter is a strategy, in this order, Making Connections/ Schema, Visualizing, Predicting and Inferring, Questioning, Determining Importance in Non-Fiction and Synthesizing. If you do a 6-8 week strategy study with mini-lessons, this book's content will cover the entire school year. When I first began teaching in the Reader's Workshop format, I created daily mini-lessons for each strategy based on the book and linked them on my original website, hellofirstgrade.com. Here are the mini-lessons.
In addition to the mini-lessons written for each strategy, I created a Reader's Workshop newsletter for parents explaining each strategy. I would send each one home at the beginning of each new strategy unit. Parents were grateful to have the background knowledge behind their child's new language. Here are the newsletters, a series I named, Parent School.
This year in my current position as the Curriculum and Instructional Resource Teacher and reading interventionist, I am fortunate to have a high group a sixteen 3rd graders for 90 minutes...I plan to teach in a Reader's Workshop and look forward to experimenting with the mini-lessons in Harvey and Goudvis, The Comprehension Tookit, grades 3-6.