9 Secrets to Effective Minilessons

Updated: Oct 8, 2021



An effective minilesson is short and packed with a powerful message that will ignite and motivate your readers to actively engage in their independent reading work.

Whew! That is an intense and power-packed statement!

9 Secrets to Creating Effective Minilessons

Begin Reader’s Workshop with a minilesson EVERY day

Readers need a predictable schedule in which they know what is expected of them every day for reading.


Making time to engage in a Reading minilesson EVERY day to start Readers’ Workshop is essential! Readers need time to do the authentic work of REAL readers every day!

Design reading minilessons that are intentional, purposeful and well planned

Know your readers!


When you know exactly what your readers need and want, you will be well on your way to planning with intention and minilessons will have a strategic purpose for your students.


Where do you start?