Quality read-alouds enhance children’s literacy skills. In this course you will choose read-alouds to use with your reading program by selecting from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction.You will learn tips on how to best present a book to children and read with enthusiasm. You will organize this collection of read-alouds in practical, useful ways. This class is an independent exploration of choosing quality read-alouds. Upon completion of this course you will have researched and created a biography of titles that are ready for immediate use and planned lessons incorporating them. Grades K-8
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Understand strategies for choosing read-alouds to engage students of all ages and abilities.
- Choose quality read-alouds, design effective instruction using those texts, and consider how to integrate this effective instruction into current practice.
- Organize the collection of read-alouds in a practical, useful way.
- Discuss, develop, and share instructional strategies and lesson plans that utilize read-alouds to support classroom learning.
- Explore websites; discover new resources and research current trends.
- Become familiar with Common Core literacy standards with an increased emphasis on reading of fiction, nonfiction and informational texts to build disciplinary knowledge.
- Create plans for read-alouds focused on interest levels of students of all ages.
- Survey books used in the classroom and library and assess goals for creating a climate of understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures and ethnic heritages.
NotesThis course can be taken for 3, 4, or 5 credits. Please look for appropriate section to register.
This Reading Allowed class has been one which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and it’s been exciting to discover so many new book titles. I’ve learned new ideas for reading aloud and can pursue more purposeful, meaningful lessons in the future.
---Summer 2017 Student
This class has been very helpful in giving me new ways to effectively read to children and reinforces some things I was already doing. I discovered some great new books to add to my collection and look forward to using some of these ideas to engage students in new ways.
—Fall 2016 Student
I was attracted to this class immediately because I am desperate for new ideas of books to read aloud. Thanks again for the great experience.
---Winter 2016 Student