Sunday, May 10, 2009
Interactive Read Aloud: Developing thoughtful readers, thinkers, speakers and writiers
Marica Uretsky and Martha Heller-Winokur presented work on how important talk around read alouds is to strengthening comprehension from their book Fourth Grade Writers: Units of Study to Help Students Internalize and Apply Strategies. They maintain that teaching children to think through text by providing structured opportunities in the classroom is essential in teaching reading. Teachers must pick the right text, teach students how to converse and allow for the exploration , debate and sharing of all ideas. Good topics for interactive read aloud include those that teach lessons on life, behavior, history or humanity. Interactive Read Alouds take planning and careful questioning on the teacher's part and a classroom that has the ground rules established for students to participate in meaningful accountable talk.