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).

    • #2360

      Each of my students has a reading journal. After I read aloud, I have my students respond to a questions. I may put up 3 questions and they have to pick one to answer in 4-5 sentences. The goal is to get deep into the story. Depending on the level of the students, I may also have them draw and explain what is happening in the paragraph. The questions are always open ended to get them thinking! Sometimes, I may have to reread certain parts of what I read, since I don’t have multiple copies of the read alouds.

    • #2370

      We just got a new SEL curriculum and this would pair up wonderfully with it and make the students excited.

      Kimberly Clarke
      5th grade

    • #2388

      Picture books are wonderful to use as whole class read alouds, for any age! And you can sign up for a free educator account for Epic! books which has ebooks, audio books, and videos on many topics!

    • #2418

      I teach 5th grade. I did the reality’s with only my book with 3 blocks of ELA I teach. I honestly didn’t have any issues with them listening to me read. I will say that we had Ann Braden come to our school prior to reading all of the book. The kids were fully engaged when I read it. I had them sit on the carpet and not at their seats. It’s all in how you present the book. They wrote their predictions through the book.

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