Don’t skip the lesson.
Keep the lesson mini!
Use mentor text in your writing lessons.
- If I choose, the passage can be copied for every student in my classroom. This allows them to follow along as I read, read it to themselves or read with a partner.
- The passages can do double duty by using them in reading groups. Have deep discussions about the characters, text features, main idea, etc. (Reading them in reading groups helps to keep the writing mini lesson shorter too!)
- The passages can be written on! Students can mark them up. For example, you can have them highlight every transition word when you are giving that mini lesson.
- The passages can be kept in the resource section of their writing notebook to be referenced later.