The Read-Aloud is the teacher’s opportunity to make content come to life! Check out our Read-Aloud info and get ready to start making the most out of your Read-Aloud TODAY!
What is a Read-Aloud?
The teacher models reading with a purpose while encouraging active listening, thinking ,and responding from the students.
Why Should I Use a Read-Aloud?
Students gain knowledge about reading and are exposed to good literature while hearing what fluent reading sounds like and what thinking while reading looks like through a good Think-Aloud. It also gives the teacher an opportunity to share their excitement for books and share a love of reading. It makes reading contagious! This is how teachers foster a love of reading in their classroom!
Where Does a Read-Aloud Happen?
“I will read here or there. I will read everywhere!” A Read-Aloud can occur anywhere, but it typically occurs in the classroom. The whole class sits as a group.
When Does a Read-Aloud Happen?
A Read-Aloud occurs throughout a Mini-Lesson. (If you want to learn more about Mini-Lessons, check out our Mini-Lesson Blog Post!) Let’s say you are teaching Reading Strategies. You would go over the Reading Strategy you want to focus on for the day, and then you would model that Reading Strategy through your selection. The Read-Aloud is part of your Mini-Lesson. Reading Strategies are a great place to start with Read-Alouds! We have a FREEBIE just for YOU!
How do I Choose a Read-Aloud?
This is where a lot of teachers start to stress out. DON’T! Most books can be used to teach ANY standard! Choose a chapter book, picture book, or any type of text that meets the need of the mini-lesson. You do not need to read the whole text during one Mini-Lesson. Before you read, plan out what you want your students to notice. When you get to that part of your Read-Aloud, pause and either do a think-aloud or ask questions that will prompt students to focus on the topic you are teaching in your Mini-Lesson.
Simple Steps to Implement Read-Alouds TODAY:
Think of a concept you are teaching. Then ask yourself: Is there a book that has a passage I can read to model this concept? If not, grab a picture book, chapter book, or any type of text and give it a read. Tag sections that will work well with your book.
If you are using our Character, Setting, and Events Bundle for your mini-lessons, almost any fiction book will work for the read-aloud. For example, when focusing on Character Analysis, almost all fiction books have characters that you can analyze in depth. Choose a few picture books and skim through to see which books have the most developed characters.
In order to make your Read-Aloud the most effective that it can be, plan ahead! The best part about planning ahead is that your plan can be used year after year! Depending on the content that you are covering, make a plan for the week or month with this FREEBIE! Click the image below!