Minilesson Videos

Minilesson Structure

Connect with students and prior knowledge
Helps students connect with message
Presented in a manner that conveys importance

Teaching Point

We “crystallize” what we hope to teach in the day’s lesson
Today I want to teach you . . . “
Strong teaching points include a goal and a strategy
Should not be stated as an assignment i.e. “Today we’re going to make a timeline”.


Usually a demonstration through a “think aloud”
“Watch me as I . . . “
Look for opportunities to reinforce the teaching point i.e. “Did you notice how I . . . ?”
Direct teaching

Active Involvement

  “Now it’s your turn to give it a try . . .”
Set up student for success   Ex. might use a shared text that allows students to easily practice the strategy
Provides scaffold such as prompts;  teacher assesses student understanding and may coach students individually or in small groups
ALL students participate.

Serves to reinforce the teaching point
Connects the teaching point to the students’ work for the day and their work every day as a reader.
Very short
“Today and every time you read . . .