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Read It Again! Revisiting Shared Reading By Brenda Parkes
http://community.educationworld.com/content/read-aloud-planning-sheetThe next selection in our Cyber Book Club is Read It Again! Revisiting Shared Reading by Brenda Parkes. I am fascinated with shared reading since it is a time to not only to explicitly teach reading skills and strategies but to emulate the bedtime story. I hope you can read along with me as we explore shared reading together.
Brenda starts out by differentiating shared reading from a read aloud. Whereas a read aloud is purely for enjoyment, shared reading goes a step further to include explicit teaching and modeling of effective reading and writing strategies, skills and behaviors. A large text with large illustrations is used. Stories as well as poems, chants, songs, nursery rhymes and non- fiction texts can be used. While reading, the teacher uses a pointer to draw attention to the print.
Additionally, Brenda shares her research on what happens to preschoolers who are read to in the home. She shares a case study of Sarah starting at two years old spanning three years. It details her interest in books and story and how the family members who have read to her enhanced her involvement with story as well as deepened her understanding through connections she made to her self, other stories she read and her world.
Brenda details the role of the experienced reader as well as the child. The experienced reader:
-enjoys reading to and with the child and makes the experience intimate and pleasurable.
-demonstrates how books work
-negotiates meaning by sharing relaxed conversations about the books and by weaving together information contained in the book's language and illustrations with the child's own language knowledge and life experiences
-helps the child by thinking aloud to make connections between what the child currently knows and the characters, objects, and events in the book
-delights in the child's initiatives and responses and invites active participation by giving positive feedback
-makes good books readily available
-enjoys the experience
-looks, listens, and responds to self-selected parts of the story
-confirms her engagement through gesture, body language, and some oral language response
-independently returns to favorite books on many occasions
-helps choose the books
-incorporates the book language and experience into their world by making text to life connections and text to text connections
Even though a read aloud is meant for enjoyment I feel it is important to have a plan while reading and a purpose for reading. I have provided a planning sheet for you here: http://community.educationworld.com/content/read-aloud-planning-sheet
Share some of your favorite read alouds with the group here: http://community.educationworld.com/content/favorite-read-aloud?gid=NDYzMg==