Literacy 4-6

Systems Change



Reading aloud regularly exposes students to new and familiar Vocabulary and texts. Listening to and observing fluent readers provides a helpful model for learners to understand how to engage with texts and develop their own reading abilities.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how a fourth grade teacher implements a read-aloud to dive deeper into a text. By pausing during the reading to ask questions, he models questioning and connecting the information in the text with students' experiences. With these supportive prompts, students are able to practice these strategies and connect elements of the text with their Background Knowledge.

  • Having read-aloud prompts before, during, and after reading activities provides an integrated, rich reading experience that leads to more active engagement, stronger Attention, and contextualized Vocabulary development. Guiding students with prompts and questions that deepen their comprehension while reading also supports their development of Genre Knowledge. Read-alouds can be especially powerful for older readers by challenging them to comprehend genres, like news articles, fables, and chapter books.
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    Learn how Read&Write from TextHelp allows learners to follow along in written text by highlighting the words as they are being read. Having the audio pronunciation simultaneously with a visual highlight cue helps learners develop their Phonological Processing, Morphological Knowledge, and Orthographic Processing.

  • Audiobooks and human-voice text-to-speech software can provide more opportunities for students to hear fluent readers. A teacher or developer can also provide visuals that further support comprehension of the text to bring visual Working Memory into action too.
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