Planning for Daily Intentional Teaching
  • What do my students need to know?
  • What strategies and knowledge help them as readers?
  • In what way does this strategy look different across genre?
  • What language will I use?
  • What texts/materials will best support this instruction?
  • How can/will I connect this work to writing?

Minilesson Topics will be built around:
  • Skills and strategies (competencies)
  • Genre
  • Sustainable habits and behaviours
Examples of Procedural Minilessons
  • Setting expectations/rules for the workshop
  • Finding good books that appeal to readers
  • Discussing literature
  • Selecting a place to sit during reading time/mini-lesson
  • Giving a book talk
  • Being a good listener in a share session
  • Maintaining appropriate noise level
  • Asking questions during a sharing session
  • Setting individual goals and selfevaluation
  • Getting ready for a conference
  • Keeping a book log
  • Taking care of books

Examples of Craft Minilessons
  • Differences between fiction and non-fiction books
  • Parts of books
  • Characteristics of different genres
  • Poetry
  • Books that show emotions
  • Books written in the first, second, or third person
  • Author studies
  • Author’s styles
  • Learning from dedications
  • How authors reveal characters
  • How authors use quotations
  • How the story setting fits the story
  • Development of characters, plot, theme, mood
  • How the lead hooks us
  • How authors use the problem/event/solution pattern
  • Titles and their meanings
  • Characters’ points of view
  • Examples of similes and metaphors
  • Examples of foreshadowing
  • How authors use dialogue
  • Predictable and surprise endings
  • Use of descriptive words and phrases
  • How illustrations enhance the story
  • Secrets in books
  • Voice
  • Types of conflicts

Examples of Skills/Strategies Minilessons
1. Concepts of print
  • concept of story
  • concept that print carries meaning
  • directionality
  • concept of “word”
2. Tips for reading aloud
3. Figuring out unknown words
  • using context
  • substituting
  • using picture clues
  • using the sounds of blends, vowels, contractions, etc.
  • Monitoring comprehension (Does this make sense and sound right?)
  • Asking questions while reading
  • Making predictions
4. Comprehension strategies
  • Connecting reading material to your own life
  • Using Post-Its to mark interesting parts
  • Making sense
  • Mapping a story
  • Retelling story orally
  • Looking for relationships
  • Looking for important ideas
  • Making inferences
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Summarizing story
  • Distinguishing fact from opinion

Sources of Minilessons
A huge list of planned mini-lessons...a must-see site!

Jessica Meacham has uploaded extensive plans for all her Mini lessons

More extensive ideas for Mini lessons

Some great examples of mini lessons from 'Reading with Meaning' by Debbie Miller and 'Growing Readers' by Kathy Collins (plus picture books to match them!)

Some great resource material on mini-lessons

A wiki full of pre-planned mini lessons

A series of videos of teachers implementing mini-lessons

Great photos of possible anchor charts for Minilessons

Sample mini lessons from Beth Newingham

More great photos of anchor charts

This is a fantastic template that reminds you of the structure and language to be used in a mini-lesson. Very helpful when you are planning your mini-lessons.