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Ways into Personal Narratives

Katherine Sokolowski describes some Ways into Personal Narratives that use visual tools to build the home/school connection and stronger prewriting skills.

Understanding Fiction and Nonfiction in First Grade

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.

Choices for Paragraphs

Melanie Meehan finds third grade is a good age for helping students develop paragraphing skills.

Second-Grade Minilesson on Paragraphs

Ruth Ayres uses a student text to demonstrate the importance of paragraph breaks in this second-grade minilesson.

Big Idea: First-Grade Lesson

Bitsy Parks introduces her first graders to the concept of theme.

Shared Writing in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek leads a shared writing session in kindergarten.

Giving Students a Notebook Tour

Melanie Meehan finds a notebooks tour is a terrific minilesson for helping students expand the ways they use notebooks.

Organizing Craft Minilessons

Mary Helen Gensch concludes her series on crafting your own minilessons with tips on organizing and storing your plans.

Integrating Short Videos into Minilessons

Katherine Sokolowski gives advice on how to add video to your literacy minilessons.

How to Notice: Mining Children’s Books for Craft Minilessons

This is the second installment in our new series on creating your own writer’s craft minilessons.

Finding Craft Minilessons in the Children’s Books You Love

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.

Making Space: Entering Lessons Mindfully

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.

Introducing Onomatopoeia Minilesson

Christi Overman teaches her second graders about onomatopoeia in a brief minilesson.

Understanding Study: Noticing Pictures

Katie DiCesare’s favorite beginning unit with first graders focuses on illustration.

Endings Minilesson with Second Graders

Cathy Laker uses her own writing as a mentor text with her second-grade students to demonstrate options for endings.

Manipulating Time: Fourth-Grade Writing Minilesson

Tony Keefer uses his writing as a mentor text in this fourth-grade minilesson on manipulating time in personal narratives.

Owl Research Word Study

Andrea Smith leads a whole-class discussion of recording new content vocabulary in reading notebooks.

Expanding the Literacy Classroom with Flipped Minilessons

Katharine Hale tries some flipped minilessons in her fifth-grade classroom and explains how technology is providing new opportunities for student learning.

Word Observations

Max Brand describes how word observations can work as powerful minilessons in elementary classrooms.

Bridge to Comprehension Minilesson

Deb Gaby uses a bridge metaphor in a comprehension minilesson for second graders.

“Article of the Week” Activity in Fourth Grade

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.
 

Rereading and Retelling to Inferring: Part 2

Linda Karamatic uses texts her second graders already know to build their inferring skills as they construct a chart together.

Exploring Inferring with Second Graders: Part 1

Linda Karamatic uses a read aloud to launch a group activity to build understanding of  inferring.

Words Chart Minilesson

Ruth Ayres develops a words chart in this brief minilesson with second graders.

Modeling Annotation in 8th Grade

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.

Second-Grade Minilesson on Capital Letters

Ruth Ayres presents a minilesson on capital letters to a second-grade class.

Finding Topics in Writer’s Notebooks Minilesson

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.

Thinking About Theme

Karen Terlecky explains how she designs instruction and uses mentor texts to teach theme, and includes a video example of a minilesson.

Two Lessons for Teaching Theme

Franki Sibberson writes about how she chooses books for theme instruction and shares two lessons.

The Art of the Book Talk

If you want to match students to books, you’ll need to master the art of the book talk. Katherine Sokolowski has practical tips for honing your skills.

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