Middle School Read Alouds

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  • #2162


    We are fortunate enough to have class sets of the novels we use for our class read alouds. I would love to provide students the opportunity to experience more texts in read aloud form but know we don’t have the funds to purchase more class sets of books.

    For those of you who do a whole class read without a class set – how do you manage? Do you have students do specific things while you read to keep them engaged? I know some students wouldn’t have any problem just listening but I also know some of my visual learners need something in front of them. Any ideas are appreciated!

  • #2168


    I’m not sure this is exactly what you are talking about, but one of the things I’ve done is start class by reading aloud. I haven’t worried too much abut engagement as I am usually only sharing a chapter/ or two at a time. An idea would be to have the students sketchnote the main ideas in the story as you are reading. How would they best represent the big ideas?

  • #2187


    In the past, I have used lack of a class set of novels as a read aloud (either I read or invite others in the building in to read to my classes), partner reading, found extra copies on Overdrive (our school’s online book source), requested additional copies through Donor’s Choose, or just purchased more myself. I also have different groups reading different texts when I don’t have enough copies. I usually only read 1-2 chapters at a time, I have students respond to the reading through discussion, and apps like Padlet. The last class read aloud I did, I only had 1 copy of the book. Students went onto Padlet and either drew or acted out their favorite scene for other sections to guess. I don’t know if it is because I have 4th graders, but they love listening to someone read.

  • #2206


    I would use something I do with other students. I would read a few pages or a chapter and have them discuss and quickly sketch what they learned from the reading. It can even be stick figures as long as they can show that they understand what was read. Between the listening, the discussion and the drawing the students will get a great sense of the books idea.

  • #2323


    One Pagers are awesome! Students can collect author’s words, make connections and create illustrations as they read or listen to the book. You can customize one pagers to fit your content too! My sixth graders will be creating a one pager and will be focusing primarily on story elements as this is part of our standards.

  • #2329


    As we read aloud, I make frequent stops and have students discuss, interpret, write, or draw. This allows students to constantly stay engage in the reading and allows me to monitor how they are understanding (if I need to reread, discuss, or explain).

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