This is my first time with my own class. Excited! I'm working on my yearly LA overview. I know what and how I will address the oral and writing portion. This is more a question about the many reading set ups out there. Here is my plan... Silent Reading: I have always had reservations about sustained silent reading just to have the kids read for 30 minutes a day. Most classrooms I subbed in did this after lunch and it was more of a quiet time. I never saw the benefit as kids would wander, talk, just sit there. I am thinking I am going do the required 30 minutes of silent reading (it is in our provinces objectives) but turn it into a Reader's Workshop. That way they have their reading but now it serves a purpose: mini lesson on a skill/strategy and a few times a week a quick written assignment done in a notebook. Classroom Library: I'm coming into a room with almost no books. And what's there is dated. I scored 50 books which I'm excited about! I will continue to look for all kinds. But for now I am thinking of creating a library with all levels: grades 3-7 as long as the interest levels fall into the 5/6 category. I'm not going to level the books but rather will keep track of who is reading what during Readers Workshop. Then I can assess the students and make suggestions on books if they are at too high or too low of a level. My outcome is to have kids enjoying the books without too many rules. However... I do have books like The Weather Fairies that I wouldn't want being used for the workshop. I was thinking I could put a little red circle sticker on those types and explain that these are no goes for the workshop. Of course I would give a good explanation as to why and depending on reading levels some may be able to use them. Novel Studies: I would like to do 3. The last one being an independent novel study. We don't have class sets so I was thinking I could do the reading. I could add the skills and strategies that we are learning in the workshop too. Has anyone done it this way? As of now, I am thinking of the books: The Miraculous Journeys of Edward Tulane, Tuck Everlasting, and Number the Stars. I am waiting to assess the class to see about guided reading groups. I know the kids from last year and the majority are at level. I just want to make a positive reading environment where they don't see it as a chore. Any input would be very much appreciated! I'm still in the set up phase. Oh. And I have a 5/6 split but only 5 Grade 6s. Thanks! Sorry this was so long.