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    Minilesson

    Creating a Plan

    Help students plan projects.

    an image of a planning sheet

    Minilesson

    Creating a Rubric to Evaluate Projects

    Create a quick rubric for any project.

    Rubric Sheet

    Minilesson

    Sequencing with a Time Line

    Use time lines for critical thinking.

    Marie Curie Time Line

    Minilesson

    Evaluating with a Pro-Con Chart

    Analyze good and bad with a pro-con chart.

    Westward Pro Con List

    Minilesson

    Analyzing with a Cause-Effect Chart

    Analyze causes and effects of any topic.

    Chemcial Cause Effect

    Minilesson

    Comparing with a Venn Diagram

    Analyze similarities and differences.

    Presidents Venn Diagram

    Minilesson

    Analyzing with a Line Diagram

    Analyze parts of a topic with a line diagram.

    US Gov Line Diagram

    Minilesson

    Writing a Tumble-Down Poem

    Help students write a free-verse poem.

    Dalmatian dog lifts his head up and sniffs

    Minilesson

    Writing a 5 W’s Story

    Help students write realistic stories.

    Two ice skaters glide along a frozen river

    Minilesson

    Elaborating in a Food Review

    Help students practice elaboration.

    Cheeseburger cooking on a flaming grill

    Minilesson

    Writing Freely and Rapidly

    Teach student to freewrite for ideas.

    Illustration of a notebook and pencil

    Minilesson

    Writing a Family Story and Historical Marker

    Inspire students to write family stories.

    Kascinski's World Famous Hot Dog Stand Plaque

    Minilesson

    Performing "Systems Checks" of Your Writing

    Help students self-evaluate their writing. 

    Pilots interacting in a plane cockpit

    Minilesson

    Using a Peer Response Sheet

    Teach students to write peer responses.

    Response Sheet Example

    Minilesson

    Discovering Narrative Strategies

    Use shared inquiry to develop personal narratives. 

    Illustration of boy writing his name in a frosty window

    Minilesson

    Discovering Rules for Their, There, and They’re

    Use shared inquiry to learn their, there, and they're.

    American barber pole

    Minilesson

    Discovering Word Origins (Etymology)

    Use shared inquiry to find word origins.

    Word cloud

    Minilesson

    Sharing Fiction with a Partner

    Use shared inquiry to read fiction.

    Illustration of boy reading giant book

    Minilesson

    Punctuating Dialogue

    Teach quotation marks with end punctuation.
     

    Minilesson

    Creating a Growth Mindset

    Develop a growth mindset.

    Minilesson

    Starting a Journal

    Help students begin journal writing.

    Journal Writing

    Minilesson

    Analyzing Point of View in Media

    Review media for point of view.
     

    Minilesson

    Detecting Media Bias

    Practice detecting bias.
     

    Image of an unbalanced scale

    Minilesson

    Writing a Historical Dialogue

    Create a dialogue with a historical figure.

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