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Mini Lesson Topics from Growing Readers by Kathy Collins

This is a list of all the mini lessons in her book.


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Seven Guiding Principals of the ndependent Reading !or"shop
1. Readers have time to read justright books inde!endently every day.
". Readers sele#t their own a!!ro!riate books.
$. Readers take #are of books.
%. Readers res!e#t ea#h others reading time and reading lives.
&. Readers have daily o!!ortunities to talk about their books in genuine ways.
'. Readers dont just read the words but also understand the story.
(. Readers work in the inde!endent reading worksho! is re!li#able outside the #lassroom.
#ottom Line $abits !'1
1. )trong readers read every day.
". )trong readers talk and think about books with other !eo!le.
$. )trong readers read everything in sight.
%. )trong readers take #are of books and !rote#t their reading time.
Readers #uild Good $abits !''
1. Readers have reading identities and share them with ea#h other
". Readers take #are of books and the #lassroom library.
$. Readers understand the reading worksho! !ro#edures so that all readers #an do their best
work.
%. Readers stay fo#used on their reading.
&. Readers think and talk about their books with others.
'. *ho am I as a reader+
(. *hat do I need to read well+
,. Readers have books that are s!e#ial.
-. *hat are my goals for reading this year+
Readers Ta"e Care of #oo"s and the Classroom Library !,.
1. Readers know whats in the library and how to take #are of it.
". Readers borrow and return books #arefully.
$. /ll readers are res!onsible for library housekee!ing.
%. Readers follow the system for taking books home and brining them ba#k.
%nderstanding Reading !or"shop Procedures !,1
1. 0oise levels that are good for all readers.
". 1ind reminders for noisy or distra#ting behavior.
$. 2e #onsiderate to other readers.
%. 3ove smoothly and 4ui#kly.
&. 5earners stay fo#used.
'. Readers dont interru!t reading #onferen#es.
Staying &ocused on Reading !,,
1. )trong readers read the !i#tures.
". )trong readers read the story.
$. )trong readers a#t out the story.
%. )trong readers noti#e details or new things when they reread their books.
&. )trong readers are reminded of things when they read.
Readers Thin" and Tal" 'bout #oo"s with (thers !-.
1. Partners sit side by side and read with the book in the middle.
". Partners !lan ways to read together.
$. Partners take turns making de#isions.
%. Partners talk about their books.
&. Partners solve their own !roblems.
Readers Get Their Minds Ready to Read !11(
1. Readers take a book walk to hel! them get their minds ready.
". Readers try to get a sense of the story during a book walk.
$. Readers remind themselves what the book is about as they read.
%. Readers !ay attention to #ha!ter titles and the #over blurb6 and sam!le a !age or two.
'c)uisition of Print Strategies !1"%
1. Readers figure out words by saying the sound of the beginning letters.
". Readers figure out words by noti#ing the ends of words.
$. Readers figure out words by moving through the whole word.
%. Readers always think about what makes sense.
&le*ibility with Print Strategies !1$.
1. Readers are brave when they get to hard words.
". Readers always think about what makes sense.
$. Readers ask themselves 4uestions as they read.
%. Readers #an ask for hel!.
Reading with &luency !1$"
1. Readers think about the meaning of the senten#e or story.
". Readers #hunk te7t to make it sound smooth.
$. Readers use !un#tuation as a #lue to how te7t sounds.
%. Readers use #lues in the te7t.
&. Readers use a storytellers voi#e while reading.
Choosing +ust,Right #oo"s !1$&
1. Readers have strategies to tell if a book is just right.
". Readers #hoose books #arefully.
Retelling !1&(
8hara#teristi#s of 9ood Retelling
:ses #hara#ters names. ;#hara#ters<
Tells where the story is taking !la#e. ;setting<
In#ludes the im!ortant !arts of the story. ;!lot<
Is told in an interesting voi#e. ;fluen#y<
Is #he#ked with book to see if anything was missed. ;te7t eviden#e<
Is #he#ked with book to see if teller understood everything. ;#om!rehension<
1. Readers identify the setting when they retell.
". Readers follow the events of the story when they retell.
$. Readers know how to balan#e the details when they retell.
%. Readers use time words when they retell.
&. Readers retell with e7!ression.
'. Readers use te7t eviden#e to #larify6 #onfirm6 or revise the retelling.
(. Partners read together and retell.
,. =ne !artner retells6 then both !artners read together to #onfirm.
-. Partners take turns retelling.
1.. Partners hel! ea#h other retell.
Readers $ave Thoughts as They Read !1',
1. Readers rea#t and talk ba#k to the te7t.
". Readers noti#e when they get a feeling as they read.
$. Readers make !redi#tions as they read.
%. Readers try to !i#ture whats going on in the story.
&. Readers !ay attention to when they are #onfused.
'. Readers 4uestion things that ha!!en or things that #hara#ters do.
(. /nswers to readers 4uestions #ome from the book or from readers themselves.
-nvisioning !1("
1. Readers !i#ture the story in their minds as they read.
". Readers dont only see the story in their minds6 but they also hear it6 smell it6 taste it6 and
feel it.
$. Readers envision the #hara#ters6 setting6 and a#tions in the story.
%. Readers envision >between the !i#tures? s#enes.
Predicting !1(&
1. Readers stay involved in the story by !redi#ting.
". Readers !redi#t by making !i#tures in their minds.
$. Readers use what they know about the te7t to make good !redi#tions.
%. Readers use what they know about the kind of story and about life to make good
!redi#tions.
&. Readers know that not all !redi#tions are #orre#t or hel!ful.
Ma"ing Connections !1((
1. Readers noti#e when books remind them of something.
". Readers e7!lain their #onne#tions.
$. Readers make #onne#tions to understand the #hara#ters and the stories better.
%. Readers stay fo#used on the story6 not the #onne#tion.
Strategies for Chec"ing Comprehension !1,1
1. *hen readers really understand6 their reading voi#es sound smooth.
". *hen readers really understand6 they #an !i#ture the story in their minds.
$. *hen readers really understand6 they #an retell their stories easily.
%. *hen readers really understand6 they just know.
.o Catch Myself !hen am Confused/ !1,%
1. Readers #at#h themselves when they are daydreaming.
". Readers sto! and think after reading #hunks of te7t.
$. Readers #he#k their retellings.
%. Readers #he#k their book talks.
Strategies to Clear %p Confusion !1,&
1. Readers go ba#k and reread to understand
". Readers read ba#k and read on to understand the tri#ky !arts.
$. Readers sto! and make a !i#ture in their minds to understand.
%. Readers read tri#ky !arts aloud.
&. Readers talk to a !artner about tri#ky !arts.
'. Readers talk to someone who has read the book before.
(. Readers make sket#hes to understand.
,. Readers use #lues from the book to understand.
Launching 0onfiction Study !"1%
1. Readers use the inde7 to find the !age with information theyre looking for.
". Readers de#ide where to start reading on a nonfi#tion !age.
$. Readers resear#h their to!i#s by starting with the easiest books in the basket.
%. Readers use the features of nonfi#tion to hel! them find information.
&. Readers read nonfi#tion in s!e#ial ways to learn about their to!i#s.
'. Readers noti#e when they are learning something new.
(. Readers jot notes on sti#ky notes.
,. Readers look at different books to a##umulate information about their to!i#s.
-. Readers think about the information they #olle#t and find new 4uestions.
1.. Readers #onne#t the information they #olle#t with other things they know.
11. Readers make theories about their information.
&avorite 'uthors Study !""(
1. Readers gather and read te7ts by authors they love.
". Readers noti#e similarities and differen#es among the te7ts by authors they love.
$. Readers try to find out more about their favorite authors lives.
%. Readers wonder where authors get their ideas.
&. Readers look for themes that run through favorite authors books.
'. Readers noti#e their favorite authors writing style and #raft.
(. Readers re#ommend favorite authors to other !eo!le.

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