1st Edition

Literacy Workshop Where Reading and Writing Converge

By Maria Walther, Karen Biggs-Tucker Copyright 2020

    The Literacy Workshop: Where Reading and Writing Converge is a first-of-its-kind resource that offers a practical process for creating an integrated literacy workshop using demonstration lessons that align with current curriculum standards. In this forward-thinking book, authors Maria Walther and Karen Biggs-Tucker share what they've learned over countless reading and writing workshops and combine into one literacy workshop.

    The authors demonstrate how you can save valuable classroom time while still empowering students to uncover exciting connections in their learning – leading to stronger, more motivational readers and writers. By weaving the common threads of literacy learning together, you can increase the time your students spend engaged in authentic reading and writing. Inside you'll find the following:

    • A clear, succinct explanation of the literacy workshop structure, how to get started, and how to determine the best time to begin the merge
    • 50+ demonstration lesson plans, appropriate for both primary and intermediate grade levels, that use strategies incorporating elements from recommended fiction and nonfiction anchor texts
    • Substantial, printable resources and online tools to help make this instructional shift as smooth as possible.

    From the big picture to small, helpful details, The Literacy Workshop will be your guide as you blur the lines between your reading and writing workshops - creating space for students to apply their learning and practice the habits, behaviors, and actions of literate and engaged citizens.

    Part I: Exploring the Landscape of Literacy Workshop  1. Framing the Literacy Workshop  2. Planning for Literacy Workshop—Behind the Scenes  3. Launching the Literacy Workshop—Developing a Purposeful and Joyful Learning Community; Chapter  4. Fostering Independence and Engagement During Literacy Workshop; Part II: Zooming In—Literacy Workshop Demonstration Lessons  5. Demonstration Lessons—Launching Literacy Workshop  6. Demonstration Lessons— Fostering Independence and Engagement  7. Demonstration Lessons— Teaching Integrated Literacy Strategies  8. Demonstration Lessons—Teaching the Elements of Fiction  9. Demonstration Lessons—Teaching the Elements of Nonfiction


    Maria Walther, who earned a doctorate in elementary education from Northern Illinois University, taught first grade for 34 years. Along with teaching young learners, Maria inspires her colleagues through engaging professional learning experiences. The ideas she shares reflect her continued commitment to teaching, researching, writing, and collaborating. What teachers appreciate most about Maria is her enthusiasm for teaching and her realistic approach toward classroom instruction. Maria was honored as Illinois Reading Educator of the Year, earned the ICARE for Reading Award for fostering the love of reading in children, and was named The Outstanding Literacy Alumni by Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. The award that Maria cherishes the most is The Most Influential Educator given by one of her former first-grade students who is now one of her colleagues. Maria is a prolific professional writer. She strives to create practical resources for busy teachers. Her best-selling book,The Ramped-Up Read Aloud, promotes joyful read aloud experiences. Her latest book,The Literacy Workshop: Where Reading and Writing Converge, was written with Karen Biggs-Tucker. Maria is also the co-author of Scholastic's Next Step Guided Reading Assessment with Jan Richardson. Learn more her books at mariawalther.com and follow her on Twitter @mariapwalther.

    Karen Biggs-Tucker is a teacher in St. Charles, IL where she has taught both second and fifth grade for 34 years. She feels that she learns the most from being in the classroom with students and takes what she learns with her students to other educators in a variety of other venues. When she is not working with her students at Wild Rose, she teaches both masters and doctoral students at Judson University. She has earned a master's degree in reading from Northern IL University in 1992 and a doctorate in education from Loyola University in 1999. She was named the Reading Educator of the Year by the Illinois Reading Council in 2013 and received the Light of Literacy Award from Judson University in 2010. She published her first book for teachers with co-author, Brian Tucker, entitled Transforming Literacy Teaching in the Era of Higher Standards (Grades 3-5). She has recently finished her second professional book with Maria Walther for Stenhouse Publishers titled The Literacy Workshop: Where Reading and Writing Converge. She enjoys sharing her teaching ideas with educators at conferences at the local, state, and national level. She believes in lifelong learning through reading, writing, researching, and then sharing that learning with others—just like her own students do in literacy workshop.