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Crafting Characters in Writer’s Workshop

In this lesson from writer’s workshop with grades 3 and 4 students, Franki Sibberson helps students analyze character traits through whole-class and partner work with the lead to The Secret...

Rule of 3: Writer’s Craft Whole-Class Lesson

The “Rule of 3” is well known among writers. From “The Three Little Bears” to sets of three adjectives in descriptions, authors know clusters of three are a powerful tool...

Creating Anchor Charts with Sticky Note Responses from Young Readers

Learners who focus on comprehension strategies rely on different tools. One of the most popular is the three by three inch sticky note. High school teachers like Cris Tovani and...

Word Choice Lesson: A Collaborative Coaching Session with a New Teacher

When I work with a new teacher in his or her classroom, it’s a collaborative experience. We design and teach together over time, sharing what works and what doesn’t. In...

Fonts Lesson: A Revision Strategy for Transitional Writers

I recently added a nonfiction reading time at the start of the day, and I’ve found this time has changed many of the conversations about reading and writing with the...

Revision Tools: Providing Options to Students

From old favorites like highlighters to new resources like kangaroo bags, this whole-class session with Franki Sibberson’s grades 3-4 students highlights cool tools that will inspire learners to dive in...

Whole-Class Vocabulary Lesson, Grades K-2

In this five-minute video, Joan Moser of “The Sisters” teaches a whole-class vocabulary lesson. The focus is on helping students notice interesting words, and make connections between daily read-alouds and...

Spacing Words: A Minilesson with Young Writers

In this two-minute video, Andie Cunningham reinforces the concept of spacing words with her kindergartners using her own writing and a brainstorming web.        

Mentor Texts and Teacher Modeling: The Listing Strategy

In this video from her fourth-grade classroom, Aimee Buckner teaches the “listing” strategy, using the book This Is the Tree: A Story of the Baobab as a mentor text. Aimee...

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.  

Teaching Rereading During Class Read Alouds

I teach my 4th graders the power of rereading using the mentor text Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville. In this video, you can see we use rereading as...

Revising Titles Minilesson

In this minilesson from Franki Sibberson’s grades 3 and 4 classroom, Franki takes students through the process of selecting and revising titles. She uses the poem “Confessions of a Reader”...

A Minilesson on Minilessons

Franki Sibberson leads a minilesson in her fifth-grade classroom to help students design their own lessons. Students also assess what goes into a high-quality minilesson.

Teaching Punctuation Through Shared Reading in Kindergarten

The first purpose of shared reading is to provide children with an enjoyable reading experience, to introduce them to a variety of authors and illustrators and the ways these communicators...

Inside and Outside Views Minilesson

Ruth Ayres explains the importance of “inside” and “outside” views in writing using a student mentor text in this lesson with second graders.