- Introduction to the workshop
Let's get started! - Handout
- Yearlong Vision
Dissect the anchor standards for comprehension strategies
Launch the strategies & then spiral instruction
- Comprehension Introductions
Strategy #1: Define the strategy verbally and visually
Strategy #2: Reveal a real-world experience
Strategy # 3: Model your Thinking Voice via a Read Aloud
Strategies # 4, 5, & 6: Sing the comprehension song, reveal the hand signals, use a movie clip
Use visual triggers
Strategy # 7: Grow a yearlong bulletin board
- The Rest of the Year
Provide explicit strategy instruction
- Retell and Summarize
Recall details in chunks
Identify characteristics of text structures
Track across a text
- Determine the Main Idea
Discern topic & main idea and explicit & implicit ideas
Determine and use details to infer main idea
Identify revelations and life lessons/theme
Use visual triggers
- Visualize Author Ideas
Compare, root, & juggle visualizations
"See" evolving story elements
- Question Author Choices
Generate, question, & evaluate the argument
- Connect Within & Among Texts
Connect and compare the text
Compare texts & fact v. fiction
- Synthesize Within & Among Texts
Recognize, generate, & present a synthesis
- Conclusion - Wrap-up
Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons
After developing a road map for teaching comprehension, this workshop focuses on the scaffold of comprehension mini-lessons to follow. Participants will learn ways to make their whole-class mini-lessons more explicit and dynamic while receiving numerous mini-lesson concepts per comprehension strategy!
- Identify a gradual release that guides students from a basic application to a deep understanding of any reading skill/strategy.
- Study grade-specific instructional calendars that spiral through the six comprehension strategies all year long.
- Receive a sequence of classroom-tested mini-lessons that rely on textual evidence to support retelling/summarizing ideas, determining main ideas, visualizing ideas, questioning ideas, making connections, and synthesizing ideas.
- Discover how to adjust instruction to address the same comprehension skills when reading literature (fiction) versus informational texts (nonfiction).
- View various lessons executed and recorded within actual classrooms.
- Learn to blend explicit instruction of individual strategies with all-encompassing close-reading experiences.
- Identify various writing-about-reading products (e.g., constructed and extended responses) that honor students' developmental readiness.
When you complete the workshop, you'll be able to:
- Execute comprehension mini-lessons that are short, effective, and powerful.
- Make reading lessons more visual through anchor charts, Think Alouds, hand signals, concrete triggers, and more.
- Deliver a multi-week study that acknowledges the developmental progression of comprehension strategies.
- Execute a yearlong plan that emphasizes spiraling through previously-taught skills, while encouraging students to juggle multiple strategies simultaneously.
- Implement Kristina's favorite whole-class comprehension mini-lessons.
Kristina provides the answers to these questions and many more!
What teachers say about this workshop
“Oh my goodness! This was so much more than I was expecting. I have learned so much about how the standards are organized, how to use that to target my reading instruction & spiral it through the year. The framework gives me a solid starting point to plan my year. It’s going to change what kind of reading teacher I am—drastically!” Corey Massarelli, teacher at Valley Elementary School, Beavercreek, OH
"Absolutely love the energy and passion Kristina has for reading instruction. It is infectious!" Kayla Nietfeld, teacher at East Elementary School, Portland, IN
"This is the first time I have been taught 'how' to teach a skill! I have always been shown 'what' it is, but not 'how'! Love it!" Pleasant Marsee, teacher at Bowen Elementary School, Stanton, KY
"It has totally revamped the way I will be teaching! This is the best workshop that I have attended. I will be able to implement the mini-lessons because you have prepared me so well!" Linda Loera, teacher at St. John Bosco School, Hammond, IN
"Bravo! Best conference I've ever attended in my 26 years of teaching. I'm ready/ equipped to teach the reading strategies in an engaging/meaningful way for my students!" Marcia Whitley, teacher at Mt. Zion Grade School, Mt. Zion, IL
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the workshop start and finish?
The workshop can begin at any time.
How long do I have access to the workshop?
After enrollment, you have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.
Can I share my workshop with colleagues?
Can I get continuing education credits?
Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A certificate of completion is available when you select the "Verified View." No certificate is awarded when you select the "Flexible View." For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.
Can I earn graduate-level credit?
Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who enroll in a webAcademy workshop can earn 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level credits. (To earn graduate-level credit, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. Graduate-level credit cost is separate from registration fees. Credits are $62 each.)
Graduate-level credits offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. To learn more, contact us be email or call (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.