Our literacy curriculum is called Journeys. This curriculum is taught through the structure of Reading and Writing Workshops. Workshops begin with a mini-lesson about specific reading or writing skills. The lesson is short, very focused, and led by the teacher. There is an opportunity for students to try out the new skill together with the teacher’s guidance, after which the students will practice the skill independently. During the time the students are working independently, the teacher is monitoring their work and is working with small groups. Students are provided opportunities to read independently or with peers, respond to the books they’re reading, work on research projects, and discuss texts with the teacher and one another. Writing time allows students to apply a newly taught skill to their writing, edit and revise with peers, and practice being a writer, as well as individually conference with the teacher for specific feedback.