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Reading aloud is so important. Read this article by Teri S. Lesesne. It gives the whys and the hows!

This is the result of a coming class I'm teaching in good online applications for students to use for creative production and organization. EEK! It's been such a challenge to find ideas that will work easily. Remember, this is supposed to help, not hinder. A big learning experience for us all!

By the way, I like sitting back and listening too. It’s the first time in a while that I have been in the audience. When those outside the classroom hear about reading aloud, they might picture a different scene, of students passively sitting, listening only, yet I see students murmuring in surprise and sometimes anguish, with mouths open, and sometimes so excited to share something that their hands rest on their heads so they can be the first to shoot the arm up. This is not a passive group of listeners. Fun, fun, fun.

If one chooses a book for a reason that connects with the community, and if the teacher values the lessons offered in that book, the book will be a positive shared reading experience for all. To watch teachers read with such enthusiasm; and to see engaged students discussing the topics and the writers’ styles, predicting, gathering good words that add to the word wall is thrilling.

Books I’ve seen read aloud this year: Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole, Hoot, by Carl Hiassen. Calico Bush, by Rachel Field, The Dark Is Rising, by Susan Cooper, A Long Walk To Water, by Linda Sue Park A favorite read aloud of mine: Pat Conroy's The Water Is Wide

It is well known that being read to "Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read."—Marilyn Jager Adams

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Lesesne returns to an early comprehensive research project, Becoming A Nation of Readers, by the federal government in 1985 that states “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children”

Share your favorite read-aloud in the comments!


  • elsieinmo 10 years ago

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    There are so many on my list, where to begin? Picture books are my favorite for a quick share, so here are a few of my current favorites: City Dog, Country Frog - Mo Wilems; Pssssst! It's Me the Bogeyman - Barbara Park; Chester - Melanie Watt
    Chapter books: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Tale of Despereaux- Kate DiCamillo; Night of the Twister - Ivy Ruckman; anything by Roald Dahl. I am not home to be able to look at my bookshelf, so these are off the top of my head.

  • booksavor 10 years ago

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    My favorite: the book in my hand. :)
    Cowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka
    Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff
    Pricilla and the Hollyhocks by Anne Broyles
    The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
    Novels: Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan (actually anything by Pam Munoz Ryan)
    Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry - excellent to read at the beginning of the school year in writer's workshop
    Frindle by Andrew Clements
    It's hard to choose. :)