Establishing routines within your reading workshop is just as important. My reading time is divided between specials/lunch. I teach my mini-lesson within my chapter book and do guided practice with the chapter book and then I allow the students time to practice independently when they return from lunch. This saves me time and gives the students purpose during their independent reading time.
Our current focus is visualization. Not just drawing the picture, but also writing in a few sentences what they are seeing as we are reading. We are reading Charlotte's Web. Today's was about the warm manure pile...lots of great pics!! However, we are still working on getting the details in our writing and sketches.
Read, read, read!