Reading is Thinking
Skills & Strategies That are Important to Reading:
* stamina *fluency *monitoring for sense *visualizing *using prior knowledge
*prediction *empathy *growing theories about characters *inference
*connections within a text *text-text connections *determining importance
*using text structures *synthesis *summary *interpretation
Minilesson TipsKeep it simple & predictable. Remember to keep minilessons to 10 -12 minutes, or else they will become maxi-lessons!
It is very helpful to have a meeting area for explicit instruction. Also, a document camera is helpful to enlarge shared text during the lesson.
** Try to embed future teaching points (TP) into your read-aloud, you can also frame TP out of your life experiences.
At TCRWP one night's homework was to plan out each part of a minilesson. This was a great assignment. I really understood each minilesson component after planning a lesson starting with a teaching point. Here are the parts:
Architecture of a MinilessonConnection: Name the work that students have been doing and how this lesson will fit into their lives as readers. (We've been working on ...., Something I've noticed... )
This is a "wake up call" to the students : Name it, Unpack it, Demonstrate
(Today I want to teach you..., When I read..., Watch me as I..., Did you notice how I... Now I'm going to show you how... )
- Guided Practice
- Explanation with Example
Active Engagement: (Now, it's your turn....) Students try it, often times with a shared text. Teacher observes.
Link: The new teaching point/skills and strategies become tools in the students's tool boxes. (Whenever you read , remember.. Today and everyday..... Off you go...)
Mid Workshop Interruption: (Tuck in another teaching point)
Share: Teacher chooses a way for students to share their thinking - can be at reading spot or back at meeting area.
Here is a link to a TCRWP Minilesson video clip.