How to Choose Effective Read Alouds


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As literacy teachers, we’re always finding new ways to read to our students that help develop their reading skills, which is why read alouds are so effective. We’re in the middle of our series all about read alouds, so if you haven’t listened to the first episode, Episode 106, make sure you take a listen to get caught up in the series. In episode two of our series, I’m sharing how to choose effective read alouds and then how to use them. 

When it comes to choosing effective read alouds, there are many things to consider, which all stem from the purpose of your read aloud. Depending on which skill or strategy you want your students to focus on, that will also help determine which text to use and how to use read alouds effectively. 

One of the great things about read alouds is you can mix up how you use them and they benefit all grade levels. It can be overwhelming to think about how to choose effective read alouds, so take these ideas into consideration:

  1. Use a variety of texts
  2. Think about the experience of your students
  3. Supporting other content areas
  4. Books read by the author
  5. Using books in a series
  6. Finding ways to incorporate audiobooks, video books, and podcasts
  7. Consider the length of texts you’re reading

Although you might know you want to start incorporating more read alouds into your classroom, it can be difficult finding the right texts and knowing how to use them. After listening to the episode, you’ll be more prepared on how to choose effective read alouds that help develop your students’ literacy skills. Stay tuned next week for the next episode in this series!

In this episode about how to choose effective read alouds, I share:
  • The two words you should consider when thinking about a read aloud experience for your students
  • The benefits of incorporating other content areas in your read alouds
  • Why it’s okay to not finish an entire book, but instead, think about the purpose to determine length
  • A list of where you can find texts for read alouds
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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!

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