Every student needs reader’s workshop


Photo taken by Avery Reid.

Editorial Board

Reader’s workshop should be offered to all students in the junior high and high school.

The foundation of reader’s workshop is choice, and it works.  Students aren’t forced to read something they do not appreciate or enjoy which means that students actually want to read.  

In readers workshop, students get to work with others who are reading the same book in the form of a book club. Working in smaller groups rather than a large class can be more beneficial when it comes to understanding the book. Having a book club gets more students reading because their club members hold them accountable.  Book club members expect others to keep up with their reading when it comes to discussions.

Readers workshop allows for sharing of opinions and for choice to students.  Instead of forcing one book onto an entire class the program gives the class diversity in their books and lest them be grouped into separate genres and books.  Some students would rather not read and do not like reading. Reading Workshop helps the students find a book that even a non-reader can sit down, read and enjoy.

Some may argue that all students should read certain works of literature.  Classics are considered important, but do students really read them. No.  Students need to build their reading stamina and they will not do this if they are not interested in what they are reading.  Students can still read classics but only if they choose.

Reading workshop gets students to think about what they are reading.  It requires them to think and comprehend what they have read. It also requires readers to work together in a team.

Readers workshop has helped a lot of students find what genre of books they enjoy reading. It has also helped students find out what kind of reader they are. In readers workshop students are held accountable for not reading their book or doing their work in the book club and build literacy skills.  All students should have this opportunity.