Execute Mini-Lessons in 4 Steps

Execute Mini-Lessons in 4 Steps

Learning Center Subscribe to Ask Smekens Filter by Category: All Reading Reader's Workshop Management Comprehension Planning Comprehension Lessons Standardized Reading Assessments Text Selection Annotating & Note-Taking Writing About Reading Literacy Stations Small...
Scaffold Mini-Lesson Concepts to Teach Main Idea

Scaffold Mini-Lesson Concepts to Teach Main Idea

Students often struggle determining the main idea of a text. They need direct and explicit instruction on the skill. But before you start teaching main idea, you may need to backfill and clarify that students know some other skills first. Topic v. Topic Sentence...
Organize Your Mini-Lessons

Organize Your Mini-Lessons

As you create and collect writing mini-lesson ideas, consider your organization. Here’s Kristina Smekens’ favorite method of organization. She uses a hanging file box to store her writing mini-lessons. The light-weight box and handle make it easily...