For this task, I have decided to write a readers workshop mini lesson. In reading the article, "Organizing for Effective Reading: The Reading Workshop", I learned a lot of important information. For this post, I will be focusing on the mini lesson aspect. In my lesson, there will be a skill taught, the skill being modeled by the teacher and then guided practice. This portion of the RW is only 5-10 minutes so it has to be clear and concise. There are different topics for mini lessons and the one I chose was observed needs of students discovered during individual reading conferences. So, for my lesson for 3rd graders, I'm going to "assume" that I've noticed my class experiencing difficulties decoding multisyllable words. Being that this is a skill that is to be mastered by the end of grade 3, there's a good chance students are still struggling with some of these.
To teach the skill of decoding multisyllable (3 syllable) words, I'm going to start the whole group off with an initiation where I'm reminding them the rules of decoding syllables and asking them to tell me what we know. This will get the students thinking. From here, we will do a board activity where I (the teacher) will put a 3 syllable word on the board such as discovering. I will show them to "scoop" the syllables so that they scoop "dis"+"cover"+"ing'. This will help them to better understand and break down the parts they must divide. Then we can go over syllable types and the vowel sounds associated with them. Again, I can ask the students to tell me what they know and I can verify the information. Once they've classified the different syllable types then we could work on pronouncing the individual pieces, eventually leading to blending them together and saying the full word. The last part of this mini lesson would be to provide the students with guided practice where the teacher would put a list of multisyllable words on the board. The teacher and students would work together to break down the words into indiviudal syllables and to blend them. They would do this for each of the multisyllable words on the board.
In addition to this main lesson, I will provide content differentiation for two students. Two examples of this differentiation could be:
1. For a struggling student, I could either pair them with a non-struggling partner or I could use an aide (if accessible) to help the student to understand. If the student is well behind, then I could even have lower level content such as two syllable words instead of three syllable words. I could provide them with a worksheet to complete with the aide.
2. For an excelling student who has mastered this skill, I could provide them the choice of a worksheet with challenging words that usually aren't in their vocabulary making it harder (3 syllable) or I could allow for them to read a book of their choosing (containing three syllable words). One other option could be to allow the student, if willing, to go and help a struggling peer.
Hopefully I did this lesson right and it's what you were asking for! Let me know what you guys think! :)