Shared Reading is not just for primary students!
All students in EVERY grade level
should have opportunities to
Shared Reading should be part of the literacy block everyday and here's why...
When teachers select a text for shared reading the choices are based on student needs to better comprehend grade level appropriate texts. Choices should be based on literary elements, structures, devices, etc that are instructional requirements. A shared text does not have to be a full story or article. Shared reading texts could be a poem, or an excerpt from a longer piece of literature or article.
When teachers create time each day for Shared Reading experiences with their students, the children are provided guidance from a proficient reader to demonstrate and facilitate strategies to deepen understanding and comprehension of a text. When we are learning something new, it's always helpful to have a shared experience first. We must approach reading and writing in the same way for our students at ALL grade levels.
When Shared Reading experiences are a daily part of the literacy block, students are provided more opportunities to have a literature discussion facilitated by the proficient reader in the room. Students need opportunities to observe how a proficient reader approaches text to build understanding. When the students and teachers build those moments together, students learn.
When a proficient reader tackles a new text, he/she usually revisits the text on multiple occasions to build understanding and test out new theories about the content. Shared Reading experiences provide these opportunities for students. When the teacher intentionally builds experiences for students to revisit text for different purposes, students are provided a model that shows how it's appropriate for a proficient reader to return to a text to fulfill a different purpose set by that reader.
Check out these
Shared Reading Tools
and two FREEBIES to help you out...
Shared Reading planning forms for different genres and structures. This form makes planning easier each week. Click on the image to go to my Literacy Treasures shop where this is available.
Plan out which Shared Reading texts to use each quarter (or the year) to ensure that students are receiving repeated exposure to different genres and/or text structures. Use this printable Shared Reading Text Rotation Planner as a suggested cycle of the kinds of texts you could use throughout a school ye. Click on the image below for a printable version.
Until next time...