Learn what works

Talk-alouds provide an opportunity to model the connection between the reader and the writer, so students can “see” and “hear” how an experienced and skillful reader relates to and uses what the author has provided. The text can be a caption, several sentences, or as much as a few short pages. Talk-alouds may include mentioning something the author did that the reader appreciated, or it may be about how the author organized the text to make the message more clear. The long range instructional goal for Talk-alouds is to have students be aware of and use the strategy independently.

Essential Moves of the Talk-aloud

  1. Introduction
  2. Read Passage aloud**
  3. Talk about what you noticed the author did and how well it worked for you as a reader**
  4. Conduct a student application activity

** Identifies the essential attributes of a Talk-aloud

Sample Planning Guide (Middle School – National Geographic “Big Dipper”)

Videos from the Central Rivers AEA Lending Library to learn more about Talk-alouds

Do what works

Planning Template (Talk-aloud)
Studying Student Performance
Collaboration Checklist


  • Calhoun, Emily. The Phoenix Alliance.
  • Iowa Department of Education. (2006). Every Child Reads.