Language Arts: A Multimedia Mini Lesson for The Importance of Reading

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The Importance of Reading is one of the 30 MicroLessons (mini lessons) available in the series, Language Arts Presenter.

Just connect your computer to a digital projector or SMART Board, select a student to operate the mouse and let Brad, the avatar, teach your kids The Importance of Reading.

This MicroLesson (like all of the others in the series) comes with a word search activity and a crossword puzzle based entirely on the presentation--the words found in the word search provide the word bank for the crossword puzzle.

Therefore, this presentation along with the time required to complete both puzzles will require 50-60 classroom minutes.

MicroLesson 1 Information

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MicroLesson 1
The Importance of Reading
Presentation Time: 24-29 minutes
By the end of this MicroLesson, students will be able to...

  • recognize that literature is the art of writing and the author is the artist.
  • list the two main genres of literature.
  • recognize that reading is more important today than it was in the past.
  • acknowledge that reading is uniquely human.
  • list at least nine reasons why people read.
  • list at least three benefits derived from reading.
  • demonstrate mastery by correctly responding to 15 true or false statements.

I have thoroughly tested this MicroLesson with actual students in real-life, public, middle school classrooms--the vast majority of students became engaged, responsive, and productive (even the knuckleheads).


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Both of the screenshots below are samples from the instruction portion of The Importance of Reading.

These screenshots show how one of the questions and its associated answer appear in The Importance of Reading:

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Here is the word search activity for The Importance of Reading.

The words found in the activity above become the word bank for this crossword puzzle:

Noteworthy Notes

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Like all of the MicroLessons in the Language Arts Presenter series, The Importance of Reading includes...

  • definitions and examples.
  • direct instruction.
  • a summary of the instruction.
  • practice quizzes ranging from 5 to 15 questions.
  • an on-screen answer key.
  • a word search and crossword puzzle to extend the mini lesson.

Teachers report that during MicroLessons, they...

  • appoint students to be mouse operators while they roam the classroom, keeping a wary eye on the knuckleheads.
  • become dynamic partners with the avatars, giving additional examples of concepts, checking for comprehension, and reading questions and answer choices orally to the class.
  • record scores, grade papers, or even work on lesson plans.

All of the titles in the Language Arts Presenter series are executable applications, making them compatible with all versions of Windows.

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The Importance of Reading, Free Version is...

  • complete in every regard.
  • fully operational.
  • available for an unlimited time trial.

The "Free Trial Version" stamps are a necessary annoyance.

When you consider the fact that I spent two and a half years of my life developing these MicroLessons, I would sincerely hope that you would agree that giving them away completely free of charge is not a plausible option.

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The Importance of Reading, Full Version...

  • is exactly the same as the free version.
  • is completely devoid of all "Free Trial Version" stamps.
  • comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle.

Both versions of The Importance of Reading are accessible with any of the major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.  As a result, these apps are compatible with all versions of both Windows and Mac.


The Literature Bundle contains all seven Literature MicroLessons from the Language Arts Presenter series.

If purchased individually, the total cost for The Importance of Reading along with its 6 companions would be $34.65. The bundle is now available for the much lower cost of $16.95--a savings of over 50%!

The titles in The Literature Bundle are as follows:

  • The Importance of Reading
  • Introducing Literature
  • Determining the Author's Purpose
  • The Elements of Setting
  • Characterization
  • The Elements of Plot
  • How to Summarize

The Literature Bundle comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle for each MicroLesson.

MicroLesson 1: The Importance of Reading, Full Version by Chad Manis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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