Thinking About Reading (TAR)
               Bookmark and Mini-lesson


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Thinking About Reading Mini-lesson

developed by Rebecca Shoniker
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CCSS Links:

CCR1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

CCR3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

CCR10: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

 Materials Needed: mentor texts (previously read), anchor chart prepared (with title and blank table to be filled in with students while thinking aloud), sticky notes, marker, bookmarks for students.

Teaching Point: Readers stop and jot to remember their thinking.  They use sticky notes to leave tracks of their thinking in their books.


I Can read, stop, and notice what I am thinking.  Then I can jot down on a sticky note to remember my smart thinking using my bookmark.

Connection: Readers, we have been working on becoming the best readers we can be by using all the strategies we have learned so far this year.

Teach: Sometimes when I am reading a book, I have so many thoughts in my head.  When I come to a really great part, a part I love, I may read it again because that part is SO good that I want it to last forever!  Lots of times when I am reading a funny part, I laugh out loud.  I have heard some of you do that too.  It is so funny- you canít help it!  Or, when I come to a part that I am so surprised about, I gasp (like this)!  I just canít believe that happened.  Has that ever happened to you?  I know it has.  Also, when I read a part and Iím not sure what happened, I re-read it to see what confused me.  I bet you do that too. 

So readers, I have this new bookmark for us to use.  It is going to help us keep track of our thinking when we are reading.  Let me show you what I mean. (Teacher will think aloud while completing anchor chart with mentor texts previously read as examples).

Active Involvement: Now itís your turn.  You and your partner are going to give it a try.  You each have a sticky note.  Remember how we just read ________________.  Take a minute to stop and jot about your favorite part from this book.  Remember to write the code, the page number, and your thoughts about the part.  Then talk to your partner about what you wrote.

Link: Readers, today and every day, as we are reading, we are going to have these bookmarks out.  They will help remind us to stop and jot down all the smart things we are thinking as we read.  Then when I talk to you in a reading conference or you talk to your reading partner, you will be ready to talk about your book.  Letís start this today.  Remember the anchor chart and your bookmark will help you.  Off you go!

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