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How Do I Structure an Interactive Read Aloud?
- Age appropriate characters
- Multicultural themes and/or different cultures
- Gender appeal
- Values/moral lessons or themes children can relate to
- Noted authors and/or award winning titles
- Illustrations that are varied and have wide appeal
- Vocabulary words to discuss and explore from text
- Text, ideas, and depth of story that allow for discussion
- DO YOU LIKE IT?! Children will feed off of your enthusiasm for the books you read!
- Select Tier 2 words
- Words that appear in the context of the story
- Introduce word and definition before & during story
- Retouch on vocabulary words at the end
- (((Learn More!)))
- Questions that will encourage critical thinking (How, Why, Where and What questions)
- Questions that will allow students to make predictions
- Questions that will help students draw conclusions
Ask questions when:
- A character has expressed an opinion or feeling
- The story has reached a point where a conflict has arisen is about to be resolved
- Illustrations can contribute to discussion
- There is a natural break in the story