A 5-Step Read Aloud Routine to Expose Your Students to Diverse Texts


Listen to the full episode to hear how to use diverse texts during your read aloud:

As literacy teachers, we want to create an environment that helps develop students into skilled readers and writers. And although they’re often taught in isolation, both actually complement each other. One way to incorporate both reading and writing is through read alouds, which has the added benefit of exposing students to a variety of genres. In today’s episode, I’m sharing my very simple 5-step read aloud routine that helps students discover diverse texts.

Most students don’t venture out beyond their comfort with book genres on their own, which is why it’s our job to expose them to more diverse texts. And since read aloud time is already incorporated into your literacy block, it’s the perfect opportunity to bring in various genres. My quick and easy 5-step routine models what students should do while also piquing their interest in new books. Additionally, I share how your chosen read aloud book can be repurposed towards writing skills.

We know that exposing students to different genres can positively impact their reading and writing skills, which is why it’s so important to find an easy way to seamlessly implement it into your day. By choosing diverse texts to highlight during your read aloud time, you will begin to engage students in diversifying their book selections.

In this episode on diverse texts during read alouds, I share:
  • Why read alouds are the perfect way to incorporate diverse texts 
  • How exposing students to different genres positively impacts their reading and writing skills
  • Breakdown of my simple 5-step read aloud routine
  • Ways to incorporate writing activities and skills using the same read aloud book
  • Fun writing prompts using national days
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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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