Mini-Lesson: Info and Insights Teaching Point



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Mini-Lesson: Info and Insights

Teaching Point: Literary essayists tell a mini-story to illustrate a sub-topic by rereading the text and identifying bits that could make their point.
CA State Standard:
Connection: The last time we met we learned how to write a first paragraph by connecting to life.
Today I want to teach you how to collect information and insights in order to illustrate your sub-topics (a.k.a. body paragraphs).
Teaching:
Watch how I write the first story, and then you’ll have a chance to use similar techniques to write yours.
First, I review my Outline and Thesis for my sub-topics/paragraphs.


    • How Willie was influenced by his mother.

    • How Willie found happiness with the help of a homeless man.

Second, I reread “What Do Fish Have to do With Anything” looking for that small moment that could illustrate my first sub-topic, “Willie was influenced by his mother.” Finding a small moment to retell advances your point.


Third, I need to review/reread the text and get the timeline of what happened straight. Remember I won’t just simply be telling the story, I’ll be telling the story with an angle - Willie was influenced by his mother.
Model on Avervision
SHARE STUDENT SAMPLES! – If I have them.
Active Engagement:
Students should go back to their desks and collect one to three or more tiny stories for each of your sub-topics, making sure that the timeline for each is correct.
Link:

Writers, today, and whenever you respond to literature, you should collect mini-stories that advance your point. Remember, you can collect several stories for each topic sentence.

Share:
Have two to three people share out one mini-story and the point they are trying to illustrate.
First, I review my Planning Guide/Outline for my sub-topics/evidence and determine what evidence requires a mini-story.
Second, I reread, if necessary, looking for that small moment that could illustrate my first sub-topic. Finding a small moment to retell advances your point.
Third, I need to review/reread (or recall) the text and get the timeline of what happened straight. Remember I won’t just simply be telling the story, I’ll be telling the story with an angle.
Possible areas where I need a mini-story (*):


  • Willie had the feeling his mom was lost too. (pg. 207)

  • “Don’t stare. It’s rude.” (pg. 208)*

  • Willie asks for a bigger slice – mom reads the box – Willie stays quiet. (Pg. 208)*

  • “Questions that have no answers shouldn’t be asked.” (Pg. 208)*

  • It’s better to act as if you never saw him… (Pg. 211)*

  • People are ashamed of being unhappy (Pg. 211)

  • There’s much in the mind that need not…” (pg. 212)*

Angle: Willie is influenced by his mother.




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