4 Best Practices for Executing a Successful Read Aloud Experience


Listen to the full episode to hear how to execute a successful read aloud:

My main goal in all that I do is to help teachers build ways to support and enhance their students’ literacy skills. While a lot of our discussions revolve around what students can do, with your guidance and support, this particular activity requires more from you as the teacher that ultimately supports your students, which are read alouds. I’m kicking off a new series that starts with today’s episode about the 4 best practices for executing a successful read aloud experience. 

Reading aloud is a powerful way to engage students in the literacy process, and is crucial to incorporate during your instructional time throughout the day. Whether you are new to adding read alouds to your classroom or a teacher who does them every day, it’s important to know the benefits and reasons why you make it a priority during your day. Some of those include increasing student vocabulary development, reading comprehension growth, and an increased motivation and willingness to read. However, there’s so much more, which I outline during the episode.

Once importance is established, it’s time to begin executing a successful read aloud experience. This experience combines 4 critical elements that work together to create an effective reading experience for your students. With each element, I share examples on how to implement and the ways each element benefits the literacy skills of your students. My 4 best practices are:

  1. Plan enough time
  2. Preview and introduce the text
  3. Watch and know your audience
  4. Allow for discussion and response 

While these are not the only practices in being effective, thinking through your planning and method of execution combine for the most successful read aloud experience. After listening to this episode, evaluate your own read aloud practice and see which element you could dive further into in order to maximize your time and effectiveness. I guarantee your students will be engaged and increase their literacy skills through read alouds in your classroom!

In this episode about how to have a successful read aloud, I share:
  • Why read alouds are effective and beneficial to your students
  • A simple reading strategy to do when introducing the book, which is called mapping the title
  • How to support your students who don’t have experience with read alouds or need to more engagement and structure
  • Sample questions to ask students at the end of the text to facilitate class discussion
  • A preview of next week’s episode in the read aloud series
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Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to offer actionable steps and to share information for teachers, like you, who are always looking to improve their craft! ELA is our jam and we are excited to dive into all things reading and writing with you!

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Hey, I'm Megan!

I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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