Shared Reading: Cocreating Meaning with Our Students

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

Shared Reading is a weekly structure that fits within the Balanced Literacy Model.

I recently had a conversation with another teacher about Shared Reading. We had a healthy discussion about the benefits of Shared Reading in the intermediate grades.

Many teachers still feel this structure should be used only in primary classrooms. What?!

Shared Reading is a time for students and teachers to co-create meaning and work through the complexities of a text together.

Sure, primary children need a HEALTHY dose of co-creating meaning within a text, but why wouldn’t intermediate students need it…and middle school… Dare I say even high school?!

As readers grow, they experience more complex texts. We have to work WITH students to process those texts.

Even as an adult, haven’t there been times when you’ve encountered a text that was tricky to read and you sought out support from someone to help you bring meaning to the text so you could figure it out? You have to visit and revisit and revisit the text. Okay…maybe that’s only me.