Learn what works
A Nonfiction Read-aloud is simply reading aloud to your students. Read-alouds of informative, expository prose can be very brief, sharing as little as a sentence and illustration, or a single paragraph. When you are looking for good models to share and discuss with your students, look for the following:
- passages that address concepts that fit into curriculum content across disciplines; and
- passages that are well-written, especially in terms of how the author(s) announced and supported his/her major points.
One of the major instructional purposes of the Nonfiction Read-aloud is to provide an opportunity for students to learn science, social studies, mathematics, and other curriculum concepts. Our long-term goal, however, is for students to use similar text as learners and to become independent readers.
Essential Moves of the Nonfiction Read-aloud
- Introduction (Make connections to curriculum concepts or earlier lessons.)
- Activate students’ listening comprehension (This should be related to curriculum concepts.)
- Read passage (This is the essential attribute of a Read-aloud.)
- Elicit responses from students
- Conduct a student application activity on content
See how it works
|1st Grade – Snakes|
|4th Grade – Settlers|
|5th Grade Title I – Iditarod|
|6th Grade – Food Chain|
Central Rivers AEA Lending Library Video Resources
- Read-aloud in the middle school classroom
- Every Child Reads: The nonfiction Read-aloud: introduction, demonstrations and additional demonstrations
Do what works
|Read-aloud Implementation Log|
- Calhoun, Emily. The Phoenix Alliance.
- Iowa Department of Education. (2006). Every Child Reads.