So I found out I will have about 2 hours for ELA with two 5th grade classes. My original idea was to have them start doing literature circles, but they are extremely low. I want to do a readers workshop and a writers workshop as well. I also want to do vocabulary and phonics skills. Any idea how to make this work within a balanced literacy framework? My idea is this: 15 minute read aloud 10 minute mini lesson 15 minute word study lesson/work work 20 minute centers for guided lesson + independent word work + computer work. x 3 Then 20 minutes is still unaccounted.