Our class has been so busy during this first unit of Readers' Workshop! This unit builds upon the work of first grade and is helping to grow our decoding and comprehension skills. During this unit we have focused on strategies to help decode, or sound out, tricky words by using strategies involving word parts and meaning. We have also focused on our comprehension by stopping, thinking, and jotting about the books we are reading. We are building our reading stamina by reading more and more. We are retelling parts of the book and noticing lessons that the story is teaching us. Students are noticing powerful moves from the author and jotting them down to try during our Writing Workshop time. They are busy applying all of these strategies using their independent texts!