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The Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Reading Minilessons Book

The Reading Minilessons Book provides brief, focused and practical whole-class lessons on the topics of Management, Literary Analysis, Strategies and Skills, and Writing About Reading.

Develop students’ deep knowledge of literacy concepts through minilessons.

  • What is it?
    What is the Reading Minilessons Book?

    Reading Minilessons are short, concise, explicit, inquiry-based lessons about a principle that students can apply to their own independent reading. Growing out of the interactive read-aloud experience and linked to independent reading, teachers use many of these texts as examples from which they generalize the understanding.

    Editions and Versions:

    The Reading Minilessons Book, Paperback
    The Reading Minilessons Book, Digital Edition
    The Reading Minilessons Book, Paperback/Digital Bundle

  • Who is it for?
    Who is the Reading Minilessons Book for?

    The Reading Minilessons Book is for the classroom teacher who wants to expand and refine children’s reading and writing powers in grades K–6. This context is implemented in a whole-group setting. Teachers engage children in inquiry that leads the discovery and understanding of a general principle.

  • What is inside?
    What is inside the Reading Minilessons Book?

    The Reading Minilessons Book includes minilessons organized into four types.

    Each of the four types of reading minilessons is organized into broad categories, or "umbrellas." An umbrella is a grouping of related minilessons. Presenting several lessons within one umbrella helps children develop a deeper understanding of concepts and their application. As lessons build on each other, teachers will often make an anchor chart, or visual representation, that can be referenced again and again as children encounter new texts and/or minilessons.

  • How is it implemented?

    The Reading Minilessons Book is implemented during whole-group instruction. During a reading minilessons, the teacher presents specific, explicit instruction to help children become independent readers for life. The minilessons are organized into four types:

    • Management
    • Literary Analysis
    • Strategies and Skills
    • Writing About Reading

    The Interactive Read-Aloud texts serve as mentor texts and as examples for generalizing the principle. Children practice and apply the principle during independent reading.

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    Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) is a cohesive, multi-text approach to literacy instruction for all students in grades PreK–6. The System is designed to support whole-group, small-group and independent learning opportunities including: interactive read-aloud, reading minilessons, shared reading, phonics/spelling/word study lessons, guided reading, book clubs, and independent reading collections.  Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is rich with authentic texts, lessons or conferring cards, minilessons and professional tools & learning for a systematic, transformative approach to literacy instruction. 

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