Teaching Strategies

Responding to the Read-Aloud Text

Take new readers to the next level with strategies that help them analyze, interpret, critique and make connections to texts.

8 TEACHING STRATEGIES

Author's Chair

Using either a Perspectives central text or their original work, children take on the role of “author,” reading the text aloud and facilitating a class discussion.
Grade Level
K-2
CCSS
RL.K-2.9, RI.K-2.9, RF.K-2.4

Challenge the Text

Challenge the Text helps students ask and answer their own text-dependent questions by taking multiple perspectives and uncovering assumptions and biases within the text.
Grade Level
K-2

Cracking the Code

During Cracking the Code, students examine texts for bias related to race, gender, class, religion, age and sexual orientation, among other identity categories.
Grade Level
K-2
CCSS
RL.K-2.1, RL.K-2.2, RL.K-2.3, RL.K-2.6, RL.K-2.7, RI.K-2.1, RI.K-2.2, RI.K-2.6, RI.K-2.7

Making Connections During Read Aloud

Students make connections to read-aloud texts by relating the text to themselves (lived experiences), to other texts (read in any setting) and to the world (current and historical events)
Grade Level
K-2
CCSS
RL.K-2.9, RI.K-2.9

Readers' Theater

During a readers’ theater, two or more students dramatize a text by reading expressively.
Grade Level
K-2
CCSS
RF.K-2.3, RF.K-2.4, RL.K-2.1, RL.K-2.3, RI.K-2.1

Resistant Reading

During resistant reading, students analyze the dominant reading of a text and “resist” it by engaging in alternative readings. Resistant readings scrutinize the beliefs and attitudes that typically go unexamined in a text, drawing attention to the gaps, silences and contradictions.
Grade Level
K-2
CCSS
RL.K-2.1, RL.K-2.2, RL.K-2.3, RL.K-2.6, RL.K-2.7, RI.K-2.1, RI.K-2.2, RI.K-2.7, RI.K-2.8

Shared Reading

During shared reading, learners observe experts reading with fluency and expression while following along or otherwise engaging with the text. This strategy should focus on a specific instructional element (or mini lesson) that improves targeted reading comprehension skills while promoting the joy of reading.
Grade Level
K-2
CCSS
RL.K-2.1, RL.K-2.2, RL.K-2.3, RL.K-2.6, RL.K-2.7, RI.K-2.1, RI.K-2.2, RI.K-2.7, RF.K-2.4

Think Aloud

Think Aloud requires readers to stop during their reading to think, reflect and discuss their process. Readers talk about skipping text, rereading, searching back in the text for information, questioning, clarifying, summarizing, making connections, reflecting, predicting and visualizing.
Grade Level
K-2
CCSS
R.L.K-2.1, R.I.K-2.1