Mini Lesson: 10-15 Minutes
mini-lesson is where I model what
I want my
students to think about and apply to their
writing. I usually do this with the
whole group. I try to have students sit in a circle with their chairs to
make it more like a discussion circle.
for example, my teaching point is to have my students select a writing
topic, then I model selecting a topic from my own writing territory list. I might show
students a list of ideas for writing a children's story that I
brainstormed the night before. I might have five ideas on the list.
I would write the list on chart paper or have them pre-typed and use my
LCD to highlight the two ideas I think are workable. I conduct a 'Think
out loud' about my thinking as I considered my topics. I explain why the
other ideas are not feasible to write about. I talk about which topic is
the most interesting or which one could I spend time writing without