Where did the idea for this resource originate?
Sometimes at the middle school level, teaching reading gets confused with teaching books. Middle school students still need strong minilessons on the strategies and thinking readers need to do in order to be successful. Minilessons aren’t reading tasks, they show students that reading is thinking. Beyond that, minilessons need to be mini chunks of information that readers can digest and apply bit by bit. What we teach readers should originate from standards. Often times, we teach what we want and then justify how our teaching fits into standards. The idea of this resource came from personally experiencing and seeing other teachers struggle with how to plan a year of reading instruction that has a logical scope and sequence. I wanted to provide a resource that could guide teachers through how to create their own scope and sequence of unique minilessons aligned to standards.
What does this resource offer?
• Minilesson statements aligned to every reading standard for literature and informational text for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
• An editable unit planning template and guide for how to plan a reading unit.
• An editable daily minilesson planning template and guide for how to plan a reading minilesson.
• Example unit plans (one for fiction and one for nonfiction) that show how to take the minilesson statements from this resource and design a unit of instruction aligned to standards. When teachers put their reading units together in sequential order, they become a year-long scope and sequence of reading instruction.
• Example minilessons (one for fiction and one for nonfiction) that show how to use the gradual release of responsibility across a reading minilesson.
• Sample text sets for fiction and nonfiction that could be used with reading units. The text sets give a recommended interactive read aloud with five titles that match the genre and theme of the read aloud that could be used for small group reading instruction (guided reading, literature circles, or book clubs).
What can I expect to gain from this resource?
• An understanding of how to plan and sequence a year’s worth of reading minilesson statements appropriate for your students and the reading materials you plan to use.
• Knowledge about the Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature and Reading Informational Text and how these standards can be broken apart into manageable chunks that spiral and expose students to a variety of reading standards across a school year.
• An understanding of how to plan a single reading unit focused on a particular genre and/or theme.
• An understanding of how to plan a daily reading minilesson using the gradual release of responsibility.
*Please Note: This resource is designed so teachers can take minilesson statements aligned to standards and design their own reading units to create a year-long scope and sequence for fiction and nonfiction reading units. Fully-scripted reading minilessons are not included. The information and tools for teachers to do this is what this product is designed to accomplish.