Delivering Explicit & Engaging
Comprehension Mini-Lessons

Delivering Explicit & Engaging
Comprehension Mini-Lessons


MERRILLVILLE, IN | February 16, 2018

Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

After developing a road map for teaching comprehension during day one of this workshop, the second day focuses on the scaffold of comprehension mini-lessons to follow. Participants will learn ways to make their whole-class mini-lessons more explicit and dynamic while receiving numerous mini-lesson concepts per comprehension strategy!

This resource is free!

Each Day 2 attendee will receive one FREE copy of Scaffold Comprehension Instruction to support the implementation of whole-class reading lessons at any grade level.

This spiral-bound flapbook will supplement the workshop handout and become a tool to help teachers plan sequenced comprehension instruction all year long.

Workshop Topics:

• Identify a gradual release that guides students from a basic application to a deep understanding of any reading skill/strategy.
• Study grade-specific instructional calendars that spiral through the six comprehension strategies all year long.
• Receive a sequence of classroom-tested mini-lessons that rely on textual evidence to support retelling/summarizing ideas, determining main ideas, visualizing ideas, questioning ideas, making connections, and synthesizing ideas.
• Discover how to adjust instruction to address the same comprehension skills when reading literature (fiction) versus informational texts (nonfiction).
• View various lessons executed and recorded within actual classrooms.
• Learn to blend explicit instruction of individual strategies with all-encompassing close-reading experiences.
• Identify various writing-about-reading products (e.g., constructed and extended responses) that honor students’ developmental readiness.

When you leave, you’ll be able to:

  • Execute comprehension mini-lessons that are short, effective, and powerful.
  • Make reading lessons more visual through anchor charts, Think Alouds, hand signals, concrete triggers, and more.
  • Deliver a multi-week study that acknowledges the developmental progression of comprehension strategies.
  • Execute a yearlong plan that emphasizes spiraling through previously-taught skills, while encouraging students to juggle multiple strategies simultaneously.
  • Implement Kristina’s favorite whole-class comprehension mini-lessons.
  • Access the digital and video resources that support the whole-class comprehension lessons learned within the workshop.

Free follow-up training videos:

  • Teachers who attend this Reading Comprehension workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristina's matching video on webPD, Reading: Delivering Dynamic Comprehension Mini-Lessons.
  • During the complimentary subscription period, teachers are encouraged to share access with every colleague in their school, allowing the entire staff to learn key concepts from the workshop.

Target Audience

K-6 Classroom Teachers
6-12 Language Arts Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers / Directors
ELL Teachers
High-Ability Teachers
Principals & Assistant Principals
Curriculum Directors


“Kristina just takes the guesswork out of everything to make it ALL make sense!” Nicki King, teacher at Union Furnace Elementary, Logan, OH

“The organization was fantastic! Kristina made the most of every moment. I have new strategies and mini-lessons to use in my classroom next week!” Nancy Fessler, Seton Catholic School, Lexington, KY

“Everything is presented systematically, aligned with Common Core, and with an easy-to-implement attitude. I can’t wait to use these new tools this semester!” Sheri Espedal, intervention specialist at Arrowood Elementary School, Xenia, OH

“As educators, it is our responsibility to excite and motivate our students to keep going when they find something difficult or are struggling. Kristina does this for me every time I attend a workshop! Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious.” Shannon Hoover, teacher at Mishawaka Catholic School, Mishawaka, IN

“What a refreshing way to spend my day! I always leave a Smekens workshop revived and excited for the next school day.” Brianne Hannah, teacher at Richard Allen Academy III, Hamilton, OH

Graduate Credit

Earn 3 hours of graduate credit for $375. Attendees may apply the 10.5 hours of training earned during the two Comprehension Mini-Lesson workshops toward graduate-level credit from Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI). Graduate credit hours are for non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.) Attendance at both days of this workshop, plus additional coursework related to the workshops, is required for credit. Course syllabus: MTI 508.

Register for graduate credit now.

Registration information will be shared during the 10 a.m. break of each workshop. After the workshop, attendees have two weeks to apply their training hours to the program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop.

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Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $245 (Standard)

Attend two days:

$435 (Early Bird) | $455 (Standard)

Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person.
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings.

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Day 1: Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension

Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.5 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.