Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

About this online workshop

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!

Topics:

  • 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!

DOWNLOAD WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

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?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.

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 complete a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester units. To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. The cost of graduate-level units ($62 per unit) is separate from the cost of the online workshop.

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate-level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) For details, please contact support@smekenseducation.com 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.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Let's get started! - Handout
  • Workshop Overview
  • 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
  • Recall details
  • Retell details
  • Summarize text
  • 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
  • Edit 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
  • Wrap-up

About this online workshop

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!

Topics:

  • 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!

DOWNLOAD WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

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?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.

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 complete a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester units. To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. The cost of graduate-level units ($62 per unit) is separate from the cost of the online workshop.

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate-level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) For details, please contact support@smekenseducation.com 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.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Let's get started! - Handout
  • Workshop Overview
  • 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
  • Recall details
  • Retell details
  • Summarize text
  • 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
  • Edit 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
  • Wrap-up