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Minilesson Part II

The other day I posted about minilessons being one way to plant a seed of learning. I firmly believe this is a purpose of a minilesson and then through independent practice, conferring, and sharing, the learning “seed” grows and becomes personal and solidified in each writer.

After I posted, I was reading a friend’s thoughts on teaching points in minilessons. She was discussing the importance of stating our teaching point at the beginning of the minilesson. This is crucial. It is another way I focus on keeping my minilessons succinct. Several years ago, I began writing my teaching point in a single sentence prior to teaching a minilesson. Today I find myself conditioned to define the teaching point when planning a lesson, then mulling that teaching point over prior to the lesson.

Ruth Metcalfe (her alias in the comments is “The Other Ruth”) wrote:

If we are going to tell the students what we are going to teach them, then we have to know what we are teaching. And be able to state it. In a way the kids understand. But consider this: if we don’t know and can’t say it in a way kids understand, how can we expect them to learn it?

So be bold in your teaching. Tell the kids what you are going to teach them. And then do it. After all, we are teachers.

Will you take a few minutes to scribble the teaching point for your next minilesson? Write it on a sticky note or a scrap sheet of paper, or even in the COMMENTS of this post. How fun to know what everyone is teaching next! 🙂


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3 thoughts on “Minilesson Part II Leave a comment

  1. Here’s mine for Monday:
    You know how we’ve learned that we can show people doing things in our illustrations? Well, I’ve noticed that lots of times, that part is pretty small or at the edge of your paper.
    Today I’m going to teach you how to take that important part–the people doing things–and put it right in the center so readers really notice it.


  2. Here’s what I’ll say tomorrow:

    Writers, you’ve been working so hard to get your writing all polished up and ready for others to see! Today I want to tell you that when writers are ready for others to see their work, they make sure their final piece is easy to read and lovely to look at and hold!


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