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Whole class reading mini-lessons

Whole class mini-lessons allow a teacher to introduce and develop reading skills and strategies with all students. Consult your grade level’s English Language Arts Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCES) and your district’s curriculum for the specific learning objectives you would integrate into these lessons.

Here are some ways teachers might use the whole class mini-lesson time and questions to think about if you choose to try them…

Mini-lesson structure
What it might look like

Questions to answer

  • What learning objectives would work well with this approach?
  • What type of text(s) would you choose?
  • Does this structure meet my students’ needs? How?
Read To Teacher reads a text aloud to the students.




Read With Teacher and students read the same text.




Think aloud Teacher reads a text aloud and stops to think aloud about the skill(s) and/or strategies she is teaching the students.  
Think-Pair-Share Students think and write responses on their own (or read, think, and write). Then they pair with another person to discuss their answers. Finally the class discusses the responses as a whole group.  
Brainstorming Class brainstorms ideas or responses and teacher records on a chart.  
Worksheets Teacher and students work through questions and answers on a skill worksheet.  
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The skills and strategies you work on with the students in your mini-lessons can then be practiced, extended or retaught as you work with children in small groups and/or individually. Students can also share how they are thinking and using the skills and strategies during whole group share time.