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Reading Minilessons (Grades 4-6): A Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Webinar Series

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Reading minilessons are short, concise, purposeful lessons with a practical application in a specific area of literacy. There are four types of minilessons: Management, Literary Analysis, Strategies & Skills, and Writing About Reading. Throughout this interactive series, Fountas and Pinnell-trained consultant Chrisie Moritz will explore each type of minilesson, how they connect to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, and how the minilessons use texts from interactive read-aloud as mentor texts.

During this series, participants will:

  • consider the values and characteristics of reading minilessons
  • become familiar with The Reading Minilessons Book
  • develop an understanding of reading as a complex process
  • develop an understanding of the systems of strategic actions that support effective thinking within, beyond, and about texts
  • understand the structure of umbrellas and minilessons
  • explore the different types of minilessons: Management, Literary Analysis, Strategies & Skills, and Writing About Reading
  • understand how to assess and plan reading minilessons.


Chrisie Moritz is a Fountas and Pinnell-endorsed consultant. She is a National Board certified literacy coach in Fairfax County, Virginia where she teaches, facilitates professional development sessions, and coaches other educators. She presents at conferences and consults with school districts across the country on various topics related to literacy instruction. Chrisie is an author, has taught at Title I schools in North Carolina and Virginia, and served as a Reading Recovery® teacher, Literacy Collaborative District Trainer, and adjunct professor at East Carolina University.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, literacy specialists, and staff developers.


The cost of this four-part webinar series is $159.00 per person. Tuition includes access to the recorded webinar series for 30 days, which begins on the date you receive the link. Please note, access cannot be extended past 30 days.


Webinar participants are strongly encouraged to have The Reading Minilessons Book to fully participate in this webinar series.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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Note: We encourage group participation; however, we require that each person be registered and provide a unique email address.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

08/01/2019-12/31/2025 - Recorded Webinar

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Availability: Available When: 08/01/2019 - 12/31/2025* Where: Online