Reading Mini Lessons

Essential Question: How can we analyze key components of our reading to find deeper meaning and connections?

Students engage with grade level reading skills and are guided through mini lessons to introduce or review a skill before practicing the skill in their independent book study in daily "jots."


Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

Point of View Lesson

In this reading mini lesson, students are reviewing the skill of identifying and analyzing point of view in fiction texts. To review this skill in an engaging way, students are watching the short animated film "Joy and Heron," pausing throughout to analyze how point of view is developed and distinguished throughout the film. Students are both writing down their answers to my prompts to analyze point of view on a graphic organizer and verbally sharing their answers to the class, agreeing and disagreeing with each others' ideas. This lesson is building on previous practice during that week with the same analysis skills, where students read and analyzed the perspective in Sandra Cisneros's "Eleven." Students also completed jots in their reading notebooks analyzing the point of view in their independent reading books.


Student Example

Here is an example of a longer reflection and practice of skills through a student's independent reading of The Hunger Games. In this piece, the student analyzes and compares the point of views developed in the story. 

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Student Example

Here is another example of a written synthesis by a student, who is analyzing the point of view in their story, The Duel by Judith St. George.

Student Example

Here is one more example of a written reflection analyzing "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros. This student compares two of the major characters in the story: Mrs. Price and the narrator, Rachel and their point of view on the conflict.

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