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Hallmarks of Reading Workshop

Karen Szymusiak works with her staff to develop "Hallmarks of Reading Workshop," which is a succinct and concrete list of expectations for time, components, and organization of workshops. The list would be an excellent jumping off point for discussion in a staff meeting of bottom-line standards and allocation of time for literacy activities.

High School Students Take on a Reader’s Bill of Rights

Ellie Gilbert revisits the “rights of readers” with her high school students,revising the list based on their habits and preferences.  The discussion leads to some surprising additions to the list of rights. This would be a fun activity to close out the school year, or to begin a summer program with children of almost any age.

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