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Reading in the Middle DVD

Workshop Essentials

By Nancie Atwell

Take a seat in Nancie’s reading workshop. You’ll see how she organizes her classroom, hear her teaching language, and be part of her conferences with students.

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"Reading is a high priority use of class time. My students range from dyslexics to speed readers to sophisticated literary critics. The common denominator is that they know what the reading zone feels like, and they want to be there. No matter who our students are, our job is to invite them to enter this happy state of engagement time and again." —Nancie Atwell

Reading in the Middle, thirty years in the making, is a chance to observe Nancie Atwell in action as she helps students become skilled, engaged, discerning readers. Nancie’s students finish, on average, more than forty books each school year. This staff development DVD shows how she does it—how she inspires and orchestrates frequent, voluminous, independent reading of books.

Nancie shows us the methods that have made her book In the Middle a classic. She gives us a guided tour of her classroom, a seat in her reading workshop, and a CD full of samples of student work, plus her own reproducible forms. We see how she:

  • organizes herself and her classroom to support and keep track of students’ reading
  • sets clear expectations and ground rules for reading workshop
  • talks with individuals about their chosen books and teaches reading one-to-one
  • presents lessons about critical, literary reading
  • uses booktalks to help students make smart choices
  • encourages habitual reading and the development of literary tastes, preferences, and opinions

"I became an English teacher," writes Nancie Atwell, "because I love reading, and I wanted to share my passion for books." Now, with Reading in the Middle, we see the fruits of her teaching: students who are as passionate about books as their teacher and who excel as readers.

Video Run Time: 1 Hr. 42 Min.

Learn about Nancie’s companion DVD Writing in the Middle.

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Additional Resource Information

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Preparing and Organizing Your Classroom

A Classroom Tour

An Argument for Choice


Helping Students Choose Books

Books I’d Like to Read: Someday Pages

An Explanation of Booktalks

Nancie’s Booktalk on Purple Heart, Patricia McCormick

Nate’s Booktalk on Swim the Fly, Don Calame

Emma’s Booktalk on What My Mother Doesn’t Know and

What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, Sonya Sones

Book Browsing and Borrowing

Nancie’s Booktalks in Response to Student Interest in Dystopian

Science Fiction: How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff, and Hunger, Michael Grant


Minilessons on Critical Reading

Reading as Critics: Poetry, the Mother Genre

· “Kisses, Can You Come Back Like Ghosts?” Carl Sandburg

Reading as Critics and Writers: Poetry

· “Fat Man,” Niall Janney

· “New Eyes,” Adrienne Jaeger


Talking with Individual Readers

In Her Conversations with Readers, Notice How Nancie . . .

Conversations with Individual Readers

· Alibi Junior High,Greg Logsted; Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen (Hope)

· Choosing a Book (Abbie)

· The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (Emma)

· Purple Heart, Patricia McCormick (Heidi)

· The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (Nate)

· The Beach, Alex Garland (Max)

· Ninth Grade Slays, Heather Brewer (Cole)

· Bringing Down the House, Ben Mezrich (Tess)

· The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary Pearson (Sophia)

· Dreamland, Sarah Dessen (Natalie)

· Nancie visits the library with Graydon to help him transition from series fiction (Antony Horowitz) to young adult novels (Son of the Mob, Gordon Korman)


Reading for a Lifetime

Nancie Talks about Creating Lifelong Readers



“It is always nice to see concepts in action, especially when it is a teacher so highly regarded as Nancie Atwell. I appreciated seeing her calm, yet firm demeanor to set up the ideal workshop environment….”  Read the rest of Mrs. V.’s review here.

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