I begin each day in Reader's Workshop with a book talk. This is simply a short one-two minute plug for a book. I try to vary genres and levels of difficulty with the books that I select. During book talks I sometimes read the back cover, read an excerpt from the book, talk about the characters, setting, theme, etc. I also have students sign up on a calendar and have one student per day give a book talk at different points throughout the year to give myself a break and let them get recommendations from their peers.
The minilesson was built off of the Common Core State Standard RL.8.5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style and RL.8.1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says exlicitly as well as inferences drawn from text.
Each minilesson begins with the minilesson statement which is framed Readers (skill, processing strategy, etc.) so that (the why). I have students copy down the minilesson into their Reader's Notebooks. It becomes our objective for the day, It sets the purpose for our learning.
The next portion of the minilesson is the application. The application for this minilesson was to make two connections between two texts, citing evidence to support your connections. Once I give students the minilesson application for the day, I immediately pull my guided reading group for the day. All students, except for those in the guided reading group, will begin reading their independent reading book and/or working on the minilesson application. I find that using my Smartboard to always have the directions/expectations in view is helpful, especially when my attention needs to be fully dedicated to my small group of students in guided reading. Applications that I often use in Reader's Workshop are in the form of graphic organizers, interactive bookmarks, reading responses in their Reader's Notebooks, post-it notes to document thinking, etc.
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