Who's Doing the Work? Lesson Sets

Stepping back, so readers can move forward.

In this groundbreaking classroom resource, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris provide everything teachers need to implement the ideas from their bestselling book, Who's Doing the Work? How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More. The lesson sets map out a systematic approach to helping K-2 Students grow into independent and proficient readers.

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Access the on-demand webinar "How to Make Learning Stick: 3 Ways to Boost Your Reading Instruction," presented by Jan Burkins & Kim Yaris.

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The 30 lessons in each grade level work well in conjunction with any reading program and do not require on-site training. For teachers new to balanced literacy, they provide an accessible introduction to four key instructional modes: read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading. For other teachers, the lessons offer a fresh perspective on such techniques as prompting, using wait time, and reducing scaffolding so that more responsibility is shifted to the student. After using the lesson sets, teachers will return to their existing reading program with new insights and a deeper understanding of their students' abilities.

Each grade level includes:

  • a copy of Who's Doing the Work?;
  • teachers' guide with lessons plans;
  • six shared reading text booklets;
  • Prompting Funnel for promoting student independence;
  • children's books;
  • a set of art cards for learning to focus on details;
  • and a comprehensive website featuring 60 minutes of videos in which Jan and Kim demonstrate the teaching strategies in diverse K-2 classrooms.

As you work through the lessons with your students, you will find yourself saying less and watching your students grow as independent readers and thinkers.

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    Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris: Who's Doing the Work?

    About the Author(s)

    Dr. Jan Burkins was an elementary classroom teacher for seven years and a literacy coach for seven years. She has worked as a part-time assistant professor, a district literacy leader, and is currently a fulltime writer and consultant.


    Kim Yaris has been working in education for over 27 years.



    Product Details

    Grades: K, 1, 2
    Year: 2018
    Item No: 1214Item No: 1215Item No: 1216Item No: W456
    ISBN: 978-1-62531-214-3ISBN: 978-1-62531-215-0ISBN: 978-1-62531-216-7ISBN: 978-WDTW45-6