The 5Ws of Interactive Read Aloud
WHO? Passionate teachers of reading
WHAT is an interactive read aloud?
What it is
What it isn’t
WHY interactive read alouds?
- To develop students’ vocabulary, fluency and reading skills
- To provide another opportunity to practice what was previously taught in conferences and mini lessons
WHEN? As much as possible. Try doing interactive read alouds at least once a day for 15-25 minutes. If you can do more even better. Don’t forget that you can incorporate read aloud into the content areas.
WHERE? Students are usually on the rug during interactive read aloud.
THINK ABOUT THE UNITS OF STUDY
- Which genre will you be focusing on?
- Which writing genre will compliment your reading unit?
- Which content area subject will compliment your reading unit?
- Which tribes issues do you want to highlight?
CHOOSE A TEXT
- What will engage your students?
- Should I read picture book or a chapter book?
- Consider the level of the text. Will it be too difficult for most of your students?
CHOOSE A FOCUS—These are two ways that I plan read alouds:
- Mixed Bag Read Aloud–Read the text and pay attention to the type of thinking you do. Think about which reading skills you use to understand this text.
- Angled Read Aloud–Read a text with specific reading skills in mind (1-3 skills)
CHOOSE A FEW WAYS FOR STUDENTS TO PRACTICE THE SKILLS DURING READ ALOUD
- Turn and talk
- Stop and Jot
- Pay Attention Cues
- Dramatize—Show me on your face, act out that word
- Finger puppets
- Stop and sketch
THINK ABOUT TRICKY VOCABULARY
- Choose 2 or 3 tricky but useful words
- Create word sandwiches (This idea came from Cia Pinkerton and Shana Frazin. I paste library card pockets into my read alouds. I store my word sandwiches in the pockets so students can use them later when they reread the read aloud on their own.)
- Provide picture support if necessary
JOT TEACHING NOTES ON STICKY NOTES
PRACTICE—Never ever ever read a book aloud without reading it to yourself first.