My go-to book for my entire teaching career has been:
Fountas and Pinnell have amassed such fantastic information in this text, and it is always one I return to again and again.
They say, "Writing about reading is a tool for reflection and as a way to share and explain one’s personal reactions, questions, and interpretations of texts. The writing may range from very brief notes to longer more polished essays. The goal is not to summarize or retell the story in a way to prove they’ve read it but to uncover the meaning of the text and their response to that meaning."
When children write, they can discover more about what they think and feel about a text. It is a tool for reflection and sharing. The primary use is to help individuals become better readers by:
· Engaging in critical thinking and learning about how to interpret text
· Connecting reading and writing
· Developing flexibility in responding and going beyond simple retelling or answering questions
· Using the notebook to promote and support discussion
· Formulating thoughtful and personal responses to what they read
· Responding and reflecting continually during the reading of a text
· Engaging in meaningful independent work while the teacher works with groups of students
· Collecting, examining, and using interesting words and language patterns
· Examining the writer’s craft and recording the techniques they notice for later discussion and use in their own writing
· Sketching or drawing to express their understanding in images as a support for discussion or writing
Another resource I enjoy using is The Two Writing Teachers blog. It is always relevant to the workshop model, and you can sense the workings of Fountas and Pinnell and also Lucy Calkins in their work.
Writing About Reading (choice)
I feel so fortunate to have these wonderful resources to share with staff to help us all grow professional to improve student achievement.