You asked if I teach the same skill for multiple mini-lessons or if I teach it once and come back to it again later.
That is a complicated question, so my answer is somewhat complicated as well.
I try to teach my mini-lessons as a series of related lessons. Each lesson builds on the next, and I am constantly asking my readers to use knowledge from prior mini-lessons.
Here are some examples. During the fiction genre study I am currently teaching, we have been focusing on story elements. Since the problem is a main component of the plot, we spend a week studying different types of problems. Here is what one week looks like.
Monday: Introducing Problem/Conflict
Tuesday: Types of Conflict-Character vs. Character
Wednesday: Types of Conflict-Character vs. Self
Thursday: Types of Conflict- Character vs. Nature
Friday: Types of Conflict- Character vs. Society
During another week in this same unit, we are stydying characters. Here is what a series of character mini-lessons looks like.
Monday: Round vs. Flat Characters
Tuesday: Identifying Character Traits
Wednesday: Inferring Character Traits Based on a Character's Actions
Thursday: Inferring Character Traits Based on a Character's Dialogue
Friday: Character Development- Analyzing HOW Characters Change
Monday: Character Development- Analyzing WHY Characters Change
I'm not sure if these examples help, but it was hard to answer your question without giving you a look at a typical week in my reading workshop. Of course all skills are revisited during small group instruction and when conferring with students individually. We also revisit these skills in future units of study so that students become very comfortable applying their learning to their independent reading.
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