This three-day minilesson series will guide you through teaching students how to make inferences about characters based on the umbrella minilesson, "Readers make inferences about the characters in the story so that they're constantly considering the characters' motivations, personalities, and relationship dynamics."
Day One Minilesson: Exposes students to the thinking needed to apply the umbrella minilesson to their own reading. Included is a "Reading is Thinking" prompting card with focus questions for students to think through while they're reading. A "Thinking Debrief" card is also included with focus questions for students to discuss in partners or in a small group to summarize the thinking they did as readers for the day.
Day Two Minilesson: Asks students to take the umbrella minilesson a step further by having them use a graphic organizer to collect textual evidence and record their thoughts on paper.
Day Three Minilesson: Students take the thinking and organization that they've done from day one and day two and now write a reading response on an Exit Slip based on the umbrella minilesson. The Exit Slip is included as formative assessment to use during the application portion of the minilesson. Writing is the quickest way we can get behind students' thinking. Students' responses on the Exit Slip will give you clear, concrete answers to which students are mastering the minilesson concept and who needs further instruction.
-A rubric to grade the Exit Slip is included. The rubric looks at five different categories (content, organization, textual evidence, conventions, and sentence fluency). A differentiated instruction planning sheet is also included to help you make next step teaching decisions based on what you learn about your students from grading the Exit Slips.
-An Exit Slip with a model response is included as an example for the teacher to look at and/or share with students as a mentor response.
-A picture of the anchor chart used to reinforce the minilesson concept is included. Pictures of a graded rubric and completed differentiated re-teaching plan sheet are also included.
-Each minilesson is fully scripted and takes students through the different phases of gradual release (modeling, have-a-go, application, share). The modeling that is used in the sample texts included is from the book The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. The classroom teacher purchasing the product can easily adjust the modeling to align with a shared class novel or interactive read aloud familiar to all students in the class.
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