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What is a Mini-lesson?. The secret to giving an effective mini-lesson is asking yourself this question: â€œWhat single problem am I trying to solve?â€. Mini-lesson components. Mini-lessons are short, no more than 20 minutes. Each mini-lesson covers a single defined topic.

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## What is a Mini-lesson?

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**The secret to giving an effective**mini-lesson is asking yourself this question: “What single problem am I trying to solve?”**Mini-lesson components**• Mini-lessons are short, no more than 20 minutes. • Each mini-lesson covers a single defined topic. • The BEST mini-lessons are based on things real writers need to know. The lesson should be practical and used immediately. For example, if you are working on a fiction unit, a mini-lesson could be the essentials of character development, or a lesson on how to punctuate dialog.**Why use the mini-lesson approach?**• Students are incorporating their learning in an authentic way. • Students develop greater confidence and independence. • Students spend less time on worksheets and teachers spend less time correcting papers. • Planning is simplified because lessons are short, build upon each other, and are based on student needs. • Students get more time to write and reflect on their writing.**What is the time frame?**• Mini-lesson (5-20 minutes, 2 to 3 days a week is a start) • Independent Writing/Conferencing • (20 -45 minutes) • Reflection (5-15 minutes)

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