Literacy 7-12

Systems Change



Reading aloud to adolescents models Reading Fluency as texts become more complex and disciplinary in nature and therefore, more difficult to understand. In middle and high school, teachers can stop and model their thinking while reading, illustrating their Metacognition processes to provide a model for students as they engage with a difficult text.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this middle school teacher reads aloud to help her English Learners make meaning from their texts. By pausing during the reading to ask questions, she models questioning and also provides Vocabulary support. With these prompts, students are able to practice these strategies and build as a community of readers.

  • Read-aloud prompts prior to introducing new material and embedded during and after lesson activities provide an integrated, rich reading experience that lead to more active engagement, stronger Attention, and contextualized Vocabulary development. Read-alouds can be especially powerful for older readers who are developing Disciplinary Literacy by exposure to content specific texts spanning multiple genres.
  • Design It into Your Product

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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 Reading Fluency.

  • Audiobooks and human-voice text-to-speech software across a variety of content areas can provide more opportunities for students to hear fluent readers. Developers can also provide visuals to support read-alouds that illustrate new Vocabulary or discipline-specific conventions to further support comprehension and to bring visual Working Memory into action.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy