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!
http://www.wrsd.net/literacy/launch.cfm

Jessica Meacham has uploaded extensive plans for all her Mini lessons
http://www.jmeacham.com/readers.workshop/readers.workshop.mini.lessons.htm

More extensive ideas for Mini lessons
http://www.thelearningpad.net/readers_mini_lessons.html

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!)
http://www.maiolo.org/2nd_Grade/Mini_Lessons.html

Some great resource material on mini-lessons
http://www.tips-for-teachers.com/Mini%20Lessons.htm

A wiki full of pre-planned mini lessons
http://readingminilessons.wikispaces.com/

A series of videos of teachers implementing mini-lessons
http://www.angelamaiers.com/2009/12/minilessons-2009-a-year-with-teachers-a-year-with-students.html

Great photos of possible anchor charts for Minilessons
http://hollynowalk.shutterfly.com/204

Sample mini lessons from Beth Newingham
http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/Mini%20Lessons.htm

More great photos of anchor charts
http://www.readinglady.com/mosaic/tools/AnchorChartPhotographsfromKellyandGinger/
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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.