Reading aloud can be a powerful classroom experience. Use these
six tips to make oral reading work in your classroom.
1. Sample the content.
or your students find a selection that promises to be good for oral
reading, try it out. Read samples aloud to see if it keeps its
promise. Notice that some stories, biographies, and information
materials have cadence. They come alive and seem quite musical when
read orally. Encourage students to go on a hunt to find those
Engaging oral reading is about both reading powerfully
and listening attentively
2. Talk about the author's purpose.
It isn't enough just to say that an author's purpose is to inform
or entertain. Oral readers must dive into the author's secrets: They
must think how the purpose is accomplished. In Brian Jacques' Redwall
for instance, the author – and you, the reader – must make an abbey
full of cloned mice seem absolutely believable. Shiloh, by Phyllis
Reynolds Naylor, must make us suffer for the sake of a mistreated
dog. Think about and talk about the author's purpose. That will clarify
your oral reading purpose and create a direct link between reader
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