I'm so dense... I'm still trying to get my head around readers workshop and using my (required) basal series, storytown. When working in workshop format, when do you do phonics and phonemic awareness instruction? Grammar? Does the entire class read the "assigned" story? Tell me about your assessments. We have to give standard grades (on a 10-point scale) in our district. I don't really see running records playing into an "A, B, C" scenario. What about curriculum assessments, like the basal tests? Please, oh, please help - my head is spinning!