My Reading class will follow a workshop model. The students will be taught units that are centered around a class novel. The students and I will read the novel together and discuss this reading along with other connected readings. 1st quarter will center around the reading of The Circuit. This is a memoir by Francisco Jimenez. The students will work with partners and in collaborative groups. In my class, the students will listen to me reading aloud and also will be exposed to a wide-range of texts. The students will be able to check out books from my library weekly and should be reading everyday. Independent reading time will be given in my class.
My Writing class will follow a Writing workshop model and the students will study a particular writing style each quarter. While studying this style, the students will repeatedly practice this technique before publishing their final piece. In my class we will do a variety of activities in the student's Writer's Notebook. The students will also be exposed to grammar mini-lessons throughout my teaching units.