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Mini Lesson

Mini Lesson

Mini Lessons are a brief part of the entire lesson that follow a predictable structure. During the mini lesson teachers communicate a clear student learning objective, teach a strategy or process using one of several teaching methods. Teachers provide students with an opportunity to apply the strategy or clarify the process expectations, restate what the students have learned as students transition to the guided practice/inquiry portion of the lesson. (Calkins, 2015)

  • Communicate objective
  • Establish criteria for success
  • Set expectations
  • Set a purpose for learning
  • Demonstrate a strategy (teacher and student)
  • Ask an inquiry question
  • Predict an outcome
  • Communicating a clear learning objective
  • Establishing criteria for success
  • Facilitating discourse
  • Monitoring for understanding and providing feedback
  • Modeling a strategy or process
  • Posing an inquiry question
  • Listening
  • Responding to and asking questions
  • Engaging in discourse
  • Predicting
  • Thinking about their thinking (meta-cognition)
  • Applying a strategy
  • Making connections

Lucy Calkins

Lucy Calkins is the Founding Director of Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Her work has influenced literacy instruction around the globe. Calkins is one of the original architects of the ‘workshop’ approach to teaching reading and writing; with her work built on the core belief all children can learn to read and write at high levels. She has authored more than 20 books, including Pathways to the Common Core and Reading and Units of Study in Reading & Writing, which are “widely regarded as foundational to language arts education throughout the world”.


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Norwich, CT 06360


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