As a teacher of literacy, you transform the lives of the children in your classroom. The Reading Minilessons Book offers short, concise, purposeful lessons with a practical application in a specific area of literacy. Each minilesson engages children in inquiry that leads to the discovery and understanding of a general principle. Growing out of the interactive read-aloud experience and linked to independent reading, teachers use many of these texts as examples from which they generalize the understanding.
Each of the four types of reading minilessons (management, literary analysis, strategies and skills, and writing about reading) in The Reading Minilesssons Book is organized into broad categories, or "umbrellas." An umbrella helps children develop a deeper understanding of concepts and their application. As lessons build on each other, teachers will often make an anchor chart, or visual representation, that can be referenced again and again as children encounter new texts and/or minilessons.