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Week 4: Creating Mini-Lessons and Examining Mentor Texts
As writers: How can we learn from our favorite authors and what they write so that we can become better writers ourselves?
As teachers of writing: What does it mean to invite students into literature both as readers and as writers?
Mini-lesson on leads
Barry Lane Video
Examining types of leads: dialogue lead (
), climactic/surprise lead (
Because of Winn Dixie
), snapshot lead (
Writing time -- create three leads
Reviewing the rubric for our memoir
What are the similarities and differences between "regular" lessons and mini lessons?
How do mini-lessons fit into the overall procedure/structure of the writing workshop?
Dorn and Soffos: Types of mini-lessons: organizations, strategies, skills, and author's craft
Calkins: Learning from Literature, Revision, Qualities of Good Writing
p. 208 - Mini-lessons and revision
p. 211 - Mini-lessons and qualities of writing
p. 282 - Deliberate craftsmanship
p. 218 - Ways to multiply a mini-lesson
Your turn: Planning out mini-lessons -- you and a partner, develop two
Use the "Connect, Teach, Engage, Link, (Teach), and Share" model
Create a mini lesson from literature, about peer conferring, learning procedures, revise, qualities of good writing
Professional Development Experience
Calkins: 13 (Conferring) and 14 (Learning to Confer)
Sowers (Bb) - Reflect, expand, select
Bring a solid draft of your memoir next week for peer review and polishing
Begin keeping track of your weekly updates in your midtier field notes Google Doc
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"