Keeping it short, relevant, and meaningful is the challenge when it comes to designing lessons. Here is where you'll find practical advice and dozens of video examples of master teachers in action.
Katherine Sokolowski describes some Ways into Personal Narratives that use visual tools to build the home/school connection and stronger prewriting skills.
This is a demonstration lesson in a first-grade classroom on understanding the difference between fiction and nonfiction led by Erin Quealy. It is the first video in a three-part series.
Melanie Meehan finds third grade is a good age for helping students develop paragraphing skills.
Ruth Ayres uses a student text to demonstrate the importance of paragraph breaks in this second-grade minilesson.
Melanie Meehan finds a notebooks tour is a terrific minilesson for helping students expand the ways they use notebooks.
Mary Helen Gensch concludes her series on crafting your own minilessons with tips on organizing and storing your plans.
Katherine Sokolowski gives advice on how to add video to your literacy minilessons.
This is the second installment in our new series on creating your own writer’s craft minilessons.
Mary Helen Gensch explains how to find craft lessons in beloved children’s books. She uses a mentor text with an engaging main character to describe the process. This is the first installment in a three-part series.
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris explain how to slow down and enter lessons more mindfully. This is the first installment in a three-part series on mindfulness in classrooms.
Christi Overman teaches her second graders about onomatopoeia in a brief minilesson.
Katie DiCesare’s favorite beginning unit with first graders focuses on illustration.
Cathy Laker uses her own writing as a mentor text with her second-grade students to demonstrate options for endings.
Tony Keefer uses his writing as a mentor text in this fourth-grade minilesson on manipulating time in personal narratives.
Andrea Smith leads a whole-class discussion of recording new content vocabulary in reading notebooks.
Katharine Hale tries some flipped minilessons in her fifth-grade classroom and explains how technology is providing new opportunities for student learning.
Max Brand describes how word observations can work as powerful minilessons in elementary classrooms.
Deb Gaby uses a bridge metaphor in a comprehension minilesson for second graders.
Tony Keefer finds that the article-of-the-week activity (adapted from Kelly Gallagher's work) is a good way to integrate short shared texts into his fourth-grade literacy workshop.
Linda Karamatic uses texts her second graders already know to build their inferring skills as they construct a chart together.
Linda Karamatic uses a read aloud to launch a group activity to build understanding of inferring.
Ruth Ayres develops a words chart in this brief minilesson with second graders.
This video from Katie Baydo-Reed’s eighth-grade classroom is the second part of a series on teaching annotation skills in middle school. A catch-up link to the first video in the series is provided.
Ruth Ayres presents a minilesson on capital letters to a second-grade class.
Sean Moore shares the importance of using a writer’s notebook to discover topics in this minilesson with his second-grade students from early in the year.
Karen Terlecky explains how she designs instruction and uses mentor texts to teach theme, and includes a video example of a minilesson.
Franki Sibberson writes about how she chooses books for theme instruction and shares two lessons.
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