Read Aloud: What is it?

Reading aloud is a teaching strategy.
Teachers use this strategy to model "good reader" strategies for their students.
Teachers read books which are above the student's independent reading level but which are at the student's listening level.
Reading aloud should be done in every classroom on a consistent basis.

Definition adapted from: The Components of Effective Read Alouds produced by the Chicago Public Schools Office of Literacy.
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Read Aloud - Professional Resources Articles & Websites

In her article "Fact & Fiction read aloud; Give your students a boost in content-area reading: Read aloud paired nonfiction and fiction text sets" Sharon Taberski offers advice on how to incorporate meaningful fiction and non-fiction paired read alouds into your primary classroom's routine. Instructor, March, 2001, by Sharon Taberski

Franki Sibberson explains how to use the various sub genres of non fiction text as read alouds in your classroom. Sibberson explains how she uses non fiction books in her own classroom and provides suggested titles for each sub genre. The article Making Time for Non Fiction Read Aloudscan be found at the Choice Literacy site in the "free" section. Choice Literacy is an excellent resource for any literacy leader, librarian, or classroom teacher looking to improve their reading teaching practice.

Reading is Fundemental is a non profit organization which supports literacy for families and students in underprivileged areas around the country. Their web site offers facts, tips, and book lists for reading aloud. All resources are useful reminders for teachers and librarians but are especially helpful for teachers looking to assist families in reading at home.

Watch this video from Read, Write, Think .org to see a parent using before, during, and after reading strategies with a preschooler (uses The Very Hungry Caterpillar).

Share Reading Aloud to Build Comprehension created by **Reading Rockets** with your parents. Three strategies for Think Alouds are explained and sample texts are described. The document can be downloaded directly from their website in MS Word or PDF format and adapted to your school's needs. Reading Rockets is an excellent resource for teachers, librarians, and parents concerning all areas of literacy instruction.


Jim Trelease offers a wealth of read a loud tips and resources. Consult his website where you will find a read a loud of the week feature, audio lectures, and booklists. Trelease's Read Aloud Handbook is now in it's sixth edition and offers reasons for reading aloud as well as suggested book lists by age group. Both his book and website are good resources for teachers, librarians, and parents.

comprehension_book_cover.jpgWhile reading aloud is not the focus of Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Reading, K-8 by Fountas and Pinnell they do include many suggestions for choosing read a loud titles, genres to choose from, types of books to read, and best of all a comprehensive list of titles to read a loud through the school year. Year long lists are included for grades K-8. The book also offers graphic organizers and a DVD-rom with additional resources. This title should be in your teacher resource center if not in your personal collection.

teaching_with_favorite_readalouds.jpgTeaching with favorite read-alouds in first grade : 50 must-have books with lessons and activities that build skills in vocabulary, comprehension, and more by Susan Lunsford contains easy to use lessons links to 50 different high quality read aloud titles. A quick reference and idea guide for teachers in the primary grades. This title would help teachers turn any read aloud opportunity into a more meaningful learning experience for the students.

Hoyt,HHoyt, Linda. Interactive Read-Alouds. Porinteractive_read_alouds.jpgtsmouth, NJ: Firsthand division of Heinneman, 2007.

Linda Hoyt has produced a series of professional texts which discuss interactive read alouds. The books cover grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. Each set contains a book of lesson plans including reproducible graphic organizers, a teacher's guide, and an interactive CD-rom. The books selected are popular and classic children's literature, they include some non fiction titles.

Read A Loud - Book Lists

Nancy Keene's wiki has lists of suggested read alouds. They are divided by subject and by grade level.

Non Fiction
A guide to reading aloud non fiction books.