When I began teaching English, I toyed with the idea of having separate days for reading and writing instruction. I look back on that time and laugh at myself–how could I even conceive of separating the two?! Now that I’m wiser and more knowledgeable of the ways of teaching and learning, I want to share with you what I didn’t know then, about the connections between reading and writing.
I want my students to discover knowledge, participate in authentic activities, and problem solve. I want them to think for themselves. But how to accomplish all this? One great way is through giving students opportunities to work collaboratively in stations.
As a teacher of all things literacy, I’m a big fan of the scripted read aloud. Call it what you will: read aloud, directed reading thinking activity (DR-TA), or directed reading activity (DRA), the purpose is the same. The teacher reads aloud to the student and regularly checks for comprehension, asks high level questions, and encourages students to think deeply about the text.
Human beings comprehend differently. How else can two people witness the same car accident and give police varying accounts of what happened at the scene? One or both aren’t lying! They’ve perceived the course of events differently.
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Do you have struggling readers in your class? Do you have students who are unmotivated to read? Do you teach students who could benefit from improved fluency and confidence in reading? Reader’s Theater is a very useful tool to get your students reading and enjoying it too.
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