Children’s literature is rich with teaching possibilities. In order to gain the greatest benefits from what books have to offer, it is important to plan carefully about how you will use the texts that you read aloud to your class. Focused, intentional interactive read aloud helps to build children’s reading power by modeling how and when to use skills and strategies. In addition, interactive read aloud also provides opportunities that allow students to practice implementing new skills and strategies in a safe, supportive environment.
The possibilities for interactive read aloud are endless and what we offer here are merely suggestions to help accommodate busy teachers looking for tried and true focus points to shore up their interactive read alouds to ensure that this component of the reading workshop delivers the greatest benefits to all students.