The ability to articulate one‘s perceptions and understandings of the world, and to communicate effectively with others, is critical for the achievement of one‘s goals. Doing so in the context of real and practical applications of those skills allows the learner to see the difference that their efforts can make. By using a Reading and Writing Workshop model inspired by Columbia University‘s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, as well as Nancie Atwell‘s work (Lessons That Change Writers and The Reading Zone) for our middle grades, we develop students‘ reading, writing and speaking skills within their own areas of interest. Instruction is embedded in content, topics and books chosen by the students and differentiated based on their abilities.
Learn more about Columbia University‘s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.