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Read Aloud Magic:
Intentional Teaching Through Reading Aloud
Magic happens when
teachers read aloud to their students. Sharing a book, poem, or
nonfiction text motivates reluctant readers, and provides rich
opportunities to teach with intention. You will learn why
reading aloud is an important instructional tool, how to read
like a drama queen (or king), how to teach reading strategies
and skills during a read aloud session, and how to engage
students in thinking about meaning. Read Aloud Magic:
Intentional Teaching Through Reading Aloud was written for
both new and growing teachers in grades K-12. Although the
examples are written primarily for elementary, secondary
teachers can apply the teaching strategies to appropriate texts
for their classes. This professional learning electronic booklet
(9040 words; approximately 34 8 1/2 x 11 typewritten pages) is
written for the busy teacher who is looking for a quick read.
Instructional Components of a Reading Classroom
If you walk into a typical elementary reading classroom you
will find certain components in place. There are
several popular frameworks in which to organize the
similar components, but the important thing is the
Toolbox for Teachers
This section is packed with resources to help you
teach reading. Do you need a mini lesson on inference? Are you looking
for pages to put in your student's reading notebooks? Do you need a quiz
for a picture book? Are you looking for graphic organizers? You will
find all of this and so much more. New products and free downloads are
This page is just the beginning: literature
enrichment units, resources, literature guides, and more for picture
books, middle grade, and young adult novels.
We have put together an extensive list of picture book titles to use for
teaching reading strategies and skills. Do you want to teach questioning
or visualization? What about cause and effect or drawing conclusions?
Visit this page for easy access to a list of popular picture books
that best serves your instructional objective.
We are building a data
bank of children's book reviews. Each book now includes a place for
visitors to add your own ratings and reviews. This area is intended to
create interaction between teachers, so we may share teaching ideas and
possibilities. We now have outside children's book reviews streamed into
this page for more options.
Young Adult Books
This section is devoted to sharing the best in
current teen fiction. Each book is accompanied with a short blurb as
well as a rating of Mature (16 up), Teen (12 up), and Appeal (10 up).
Reading Websites for Teachers
If we could gather up all of the literacy information in the world and
dump it into our website - we would do it, but since that's probably not
going to happen... We like to stay on the cutting edge of literacy
research, theory, and practice at ETS, so we decided to link you up with
the best reading websites for teachers. Don't forget to rate each site
in order to help other teachers stay informed.
Book to Movie
Read the book first, then watch the movie. We've put
together a list of books turned into movies. Compare and contrast a book
with a film, discuss visualization and a reader's / director's vision,
and explore screenplay writing.
Interactive Books for Children
We've searched the World Wide Web for the best interactive children's
books and libraries. The resources we put together are great for whole
class instruction, computer lab, and computer / reading stations
(centers). You will want to bookmark this page on your school computer
as an instructional resource. Now you can rate and review the
interactive book sites to help other teachers make decisions about which
sites will work best for them.
Jumpstart literature circles in your classroom this year! We've put
together a page of resources to help you get started and maintain
exciting literature discussions. You can now add comments about
literature circles and how they are working for you. Share your ideas,
teachable moments, experiences and anything else that will help other
teachers with their literature circles.