Writer’s Workshop Mini-Lesson Plan
Lesson Focus: Details
Literature used (if applicable): When I Was Nine
By James Stevenson
Today I am going to read a book called When I Was Nine, by James
Stevenson. This book is filled with detailed snapshots.
Teaching: “What is a snapshot?” (discussion) “What makes a good snapshot?” Discuss descriptive words and how it helps to develop the snapshots.
Active Involvement: “Listen to the story and write down any descriptive words you hear.” After reading the story, compile the ideas as a whole class. Recall a memorable snapshot from the story. Then the teacher will re-read that snapshot. Class will discuss what details made it memorable and how it could be improved.
Applying the Skill or Strategy: ”Today when you are writing, I want you to write detailed snapshots.” If you are revising, try to make your snapshots more interesting and detailed. In sharing time, we will be listening for detailed snapshots.”