An Overview of Interactive Read Alouds
When we move read alouds into the classroom we have an opportunity to leverage something familiar into something extraordinary. Having an adult read aloud removes the burden of decoding from developing readers; this practice provides an opportunity for teachers to engage students in text that is more complex than that which they can read on their own. With the scaffolding provided by a teacher during interactive read aloud generally, children can understand text that is two or three grade levels above their instructional or independent reading level.
By making interactive read alouds a regular part of the classroom routines, access to rich language and complex ideas in these texts does not depend on the students reading skills. All students can participate in discussion about books that are read aloud. In that way, interactive read aloud is a great equalizer in the classroom.
The Learning Sessions
The following learning sessions are set up in an intentional sequence. The ideas and concepts build upon each other and require some additional actions back in the classroom. Each session is design for approximately a 45 minute block of time. Additional activities and resources are provided if additional time is available. As long time facilitators of professional learning, we strongly encourage a more extended kick off learning session before diving into an inquiry cycle.