- Select a central text.
- Project the text in a visible location.
- Identify reading skills most of your students need to work on. These will be the topics for your mini-lessons. Consider these possibilities:
- Asking questions
- Connecting to other texts
- Making predictions
- Narrating thoughts while reading
- Reviewing for information
- Surveying for text features
- Using evidence from the text to respond
- Highlight part of the text conducive to demonstrating the skills you selected for the mini-lessons. Model the skills aloud.
- Have students record the skills you demonstrate on the Think Aloud checklist.
- After modeling Think Aloud, have students practice with a partner or in a small group, using the Think Aloud checklist as a talking guide.
- Observe and scaffold students during partner or small group Think Aloud. These observations can function as formative assessments.