Interactive Read-Aloud
Interactive Read-Aloud is a time for teachers to model using comprehension strategies while reading a variety of texts to the whole class.  The teacher thinks-aloud to uncover what proficient readers do and show students the invisible work of comprehending texts. It is interactive as the teacher exposes her/his thinking while reading, then students do the same as their skills grow through numerous attempts to employ the various strategies. Students may be asked to stop and think, turn and talk, stop and jot, show how the character may be feeling, etc. so that all students are actively engaged throughout the text.
Helpful Hints for Successful Interactive Read-Alouds…

Read-aloud EVERY DAY!
Choose your text deliberately.
Pre-read the book and have a plan in mind
Establish long-term partnerships
Model “partner talk”
Build partner talk over time
Limit the number of interruptions and turn & talks 
Refer to the read-aloud books in conferences, small group work, and future mini-lessons. 

Building Partner Talk…

Get kids to think and have ideas about texts
I think…
I wonder…
This reminds me of…

Get kids to continue each others’ thoughts or ideas (a conversation)
I agree because…
I disagree because…
I would like to add…
I also think…
I think that is important because…
Another example is…

Get kids to monitor for meaning
I’m not sure I understand what you mean…
Can you say more about that…?
What do you mean…?
I think you are saying…
Can you give an example…?

Get kids to push each others’ thinking
Why do you think that?
Is that always true?
I think this might be a pattern because…

Get kids to think critically
Or maybe…
I don’t think that’s fair because…
If I was the character…
You should never…

Get kids to respond to the character
I agree with the character because…
I disagree with the character because…
I don’t know why he/ she would…

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