When I saw that this was the topic of the week I was so excited because I strongly, STRONGLY believe in reading aloud. This is something we never did when I was in school until about 7th grade. I truly wish I would have been forced to read aloud at a younger age because it would help me so much now. I personally hate reading aloud because I get conscious of my tone and pronunciation of words. If I started reading aloud at a younger age, it would have gotten me use to it as I got older. Even now, I am working on reading aloud by reading the picture books and a majority of my middle level novels out loud. This being said, I will have my students read aloud during class because it is something that is so simple yet so difficult for students.
Building Read Aloud Routine in 3rd Grade Reaction:
This was the first article I read and I found it very helpful. The main thing I took from it was the use of audiobooks. In past posts, I have talked about my take on audiobooks….I love them. I think they are a great tool to use in the classroom and in personal life. The only problem with audiobooks in the classroom is they do not have the correct tone that you want them to have. I’ve been using audiobooks in my personal life for years now and I cannot tell you the terrible readings I have come across. There was one (Don’t remember the title) that was completely monotone….you can imagine my frustration. The only problems I see with using audiobooks in the classroom is going through the multiple different readings of one book and the students are not actually reading, they are just listening. However, I think audiobooks would be a great break for students so they do not have to read the entire time but they can still listen to the book aloud.
*If you wanna check out the article, the link is: http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/09/building-read-aloud-routine-in-3rd-grade.html*
Read Alouds Reaction:
Something pointed out in this article is teacher’s reading aloud to their students. I think this is incredibly important as well hence why I am trying so hard to improve my reading aloud skills. However, the way I want my classroom to read is a majority of the students reading with me in between. Depending on the difficulty of the novel, I would stop after each chapter/ couple chapters and have a discussion on what happened. This way I can assure that my student are retaining the information they are reading.
*If you wanna check out the article, the link is: https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/read-alouds-by-katherine-sokolowski/*
My Top Ten Reading Aloud List for Middle School
*Some of these are not in my Monday Posts, just things I’ve read in the past I want in my classroom*
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
8 thoughts on “Reading Aloud in the Classroom”
I love your list and have read many of them to my class in the past. Prepare for the emotions that come with some of them. The students process slowly at times, however, it can “hit home” fast too!
True! Thanks for the advice!
Great thoughts on audio books because it can definitely get boring reading aloud all of the time. I like to read aloud a lot too because I feel like it helps me better understand what I am reading. So many benefits to reading aloud.
I agree completely!
I totally agree with the importance of reading aloud and I was also excited about the subject this week! I loved reading aloud to my classes when I subbed and I believe in the benefits it gives the students!
That a great list I have not read a lot of your books but the great thing about reading out loud and making the kids love to is that not only can they remember what they are reading they may get to know other students better great blog.