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Dialogic Reading


With this interactive technique, teachers help students become storytellers by listening and questioning. Students grow significantly in their language and literacy skills with this kind of targeted prompting while reading.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch a teacher use dialogic reading. She first explains how parents can use dialogic reading at home, then she reads a book to her class demonstrating these techniques.

  • When teachers read a book to students and pause to ask questions, students develop Narrative, Attention, and Syntax skills. Dialogic reading can happen both in the classroom and at home with the family, supporting the development of a strong Home Literacy Environment.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Teachers and students can use a digital comic strip tool, such as Toontastic, to animate or co-create stories, allowing teachers to prompt, ask, and listen to students during a reading process.

  • To promote and support dialogic reading, developers can design dialogic reading strategies into digital storytelling with features such as pop-ups that ask the student questions during reading.
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