Read Alouds help to build children’s listening comprehension. This anthology offers selections from a variety of genres, including biography, fiction, folktales, nonfiction, songs, and poetry, to share with children. Instruction is provided with each selection to develop specific comprehension strategies. Children are asked to set a purpose for listening, as well as to determine the author’s purpose for writing. Using the instruction provided, each Read Aloud becomes an enjoyable, purposeful learning experience.
With each selection, Teacher Think Alouds are provided to help model the use of comprehension strategies during reading. Using Think Alouds allows children to listen and to observe how a good reader uses strategies to get meaning from text. After reading, children are given the opportunity to apply the comprehension strategy. Children are asked to “think aloud” as they apply the strategy. By listening to a Student Think Aloud the teacher can determine if the child is applying the comprehension strategy appropriately and with understanding.
Think-Aloud Copying Masters included in the Read-Aloud Anthology provide sentence starters to help children “think aloud” about a strategy.