After we finished our reading of Fish for the Global Read Aloud, students were asked to share their thoughts about read aloud in general. Was it something they valued and would want to continue?
In our district, students used to have 84 minutes of Language Arts each day, and with that amount of time, it was easy to incorporate read aloud into the curriculum. Now that Language Arts classes are 52 minutes long (30 fewer minutes each day, or 2 1/2 fewer hours each week), it is difficult to incorporate and sustain a meaningful read aloud time.
Here are some of the student responses:
- “I love read aloud because we get to talk about the book and the things we enjoyed.” –Thomas
- “I really like read aloud because I understand more when someone else reads out loud.” — Briana
- “I enjoy read aloud because it give the characters a voice.” — Zach D.
- “Read aloud is a time that I can relax, and I enjoy that after a long school day.” — Anonymous
- “I enjoy read aloud because our class actually knows what’s going on as a group.” — Carter
- “When someone else reads aloud, it helps make imagery. We can also discuss our thoughts and questions, so we can opinions from everybody.” — Shamya
- “Read aloud is a relaxing time to listen, think, and not work.” — Jedi
- “With read aloud, I get to hear stories I never heard about before.” — Sebastian
Students definitely want to continue read aloud, and so do I. Research backs us up: among this study’s 13 reasons to use read aloud with older students is the fact that the practice improves student reading and writing, and reading and writing is what we are all about in English class!
It’s up to me as the teacher to make time in our curriculum for this valuable practice…and to develop the stamina to read aloud daily to five different groups of students instead of the three that I used to have 🙂
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