Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

March 7, 2019

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

"It is nice to go beyond the 'what' and 'why' and have the 'how' to implement comprehension strategies. Thank you!" Jenny Taylor, master teacher at Homecroft Elementary, Indianapolis, IN

“Oh my goodness! This was so much more than I was expecting. I have learned so much about how the standards are organized, how to use that to target my reading instruction & spiral it through the year. The framework gives me a solid starting point to plan my year. It’s going to change what kind of reading teacher I am—drastically!” Corey Massarelli, teacher at Valley Elementary School, Beavercreek, OH

"This is the first time I have been taught 'how' to teach a skill! I have always been shown 'what' it is, but not 'how'! Love it!" Pleasant Marsee, teacher at Bowen Elementary School, Stanton, KY

Call Smekens Education toll free to learn more.
(888) 376-0448


Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $245 (Standard)

Attend two days:

$435 (Early Bird) | $455 (Standard)
Also available ONLINE
Self-paced / On-demand

Consider attending Day 1:
March 6, 2019
Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension


Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save $20!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person.
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings.

What's included in the registration fee?

Beyond a day of dynamic instruction, attendees also receive a full-color packet of materials and private access to exclusive web resources.

NOTE: Lodging fees and tuition for graduate credit are not included with registration.

Holiday Inn Eastgate

4501 Eastgate Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45245-1201
Phone:  (513) 752-4400

*To secure discounted room rate, mention Smekens Education and make reservations 30 days prior to the event.

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 5.25 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.


Graduate Credit


For an additional fee, attendees may earn three nationally accredited graduate-level credits from the Midwest Teachers Institute and their university partner, Colorado State University-Pueblo. These non-degree credits are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.)

Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI) — 3 credits/$375

  • Attendance at both days of the Reading Comprehension workshop series, plus additional coursework related to the workshop, is required for credit.
  • MTI has an exclusive agreement with Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide teachers with an official transcript.
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. MTI courses through CSU-Pueblo are accepted in all 50 states.