Mini lesson samples

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Here are some sample literature circle mini lessons that can be adapted for centers.

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Mini lesson samples

  1. 1. Mini Lesson Sample 1<br />Directions: <br />Readers use a variety of “fix-up” strategies to help them when they are reading. <br />Discuss a time when you were frustrated by something that have read.<br />Copyright 2010 <br />Katherine S. McKnight<br />Permission Granted for Classroom Use<br />
  2. 2. Skills and Strategies for Reading<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
  3. 3. Skills and Strategies for Reading<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
  4. 4. Mini Lesson Sample 2<br />Character Analysis Chart<br />Directions: Review the definition of character. Remind the students about the difference between main and minor characters.<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
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  6. 6. Mini Lesson Sample 3<br />Character Traits and Textual Evidence<br /><ul><li>Directions: This chart facilitates students delving deeper into characters’ and motivations.</li></ul>Review the different kinds of characters: flat and round characters.<br />Have the students select a character from their novel. The students should determine if the character is either flat or round and find details that support their response.<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
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  8. 8. Mini Lesson Sample 4<br />Character Traits Web<br />This activity is designed to help students collect attributes about a character or real-life person.<br />Directions: Authors provide direct and indirect clues about what characters are like. Choose a character from the novel and complete the following chart.<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
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  10. 10. Mini Lesson Sample 5<br />Character Map<br />This activity offers a way for students to express their understanding by using a visual to interpret a character.<br />Directions: The stick figures stands for a character that they select from the text. Discuss the character and log the information.<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
  11. 11. Mini Lesson Sample 6<br />Comparing Myself to a Character<br />When students make a strong connection to the character and text that they are reading. It leads to greater comprehension.<br />Directions: Review the definition of character. Select a character from the novel and complete the following chart.<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
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  13. 13. Mini Lesson Sample 7<br />Plot Diagram visually represents the stages of plot development. Teaching the students about plot helps them to comprehend text.<br />Directions: Remind the student that plot is a sequence of events in a story which is built around a conflict. <br />Display the chart and instruct the student to complete it as they read the text.<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
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  15. 15. Mini Lesson Sample 8<br />CATAPULT into Literature helps students to preview and make predictions about a text.<br />Directions: Read through the chart. Model for the students how to complete the chart using a novel that you recently read.<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
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  17. 17. Mini Lesson Sample 9<br />Questioning the Author is a technique that helps students become independent readers. This activity prompts the reader to consider the novel from the writer’s point of view.<br /><ul><li>Directions: Explain to students that one way to understand a difficult text is to think of questions that they would ask the author.
  18. 18. Select a passage 1-2 paragraphs long. Model the technique for the students by thinking aloud. </li></ul>2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
  19. 19. Questioning the Author Sample<br />What is the author trying to say here? That is, what is the main message or purpose?<br />Is the author expressing clear ideas?<br />Is this consistent with what the author already said?<br />What does the author think we already know?<br />Has the author achieved the goal?<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
  20. 20. Mini Lesson Sample 10<br />Reader Response Starters prompt students to respond to literature with more than just superficial knowledge of the basic plot points.<br />Directions: Choose a text and read it aloud and model for the students how to complete the response starters.<br />2010 Katherine S. McKnight<br />
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