Big Books

Shared Reading, Oversized Books

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Big Books are enlarged versions of texts that allows an educator to implement Shared Reading -- sharing a common and intimate reading experience with a larger group of students. Shared reading and the use of big books are a research based strategy that can help new readers and/or new readers in the language (i.e. ELL). Big Books often contain illustrations and repeated/predictable passages of text that facilitate comprehension and interaction.

Implementation Tips

Making Your Own Big Books
While many popular childrens' books are available for purchase as Big Books (e.g. [[ | Lakeshore Learning ]], [[ | Scholastic ]]), teachers can make their own Big Books using poster board and printed illustrations or on a projected Powerpoint presentation.
Featured in GLAD
Big Books are shared reading as featured in the [[ | GLAD ]] (Guided Language Acquisition Design) model of professional development.


English Language Learners (ELL)
Big Books/Shared Reading can allow teachers to model close reading of more complex text before students read the text independently or in small groups. For older ELL students, it might be difficult to find age-appropriate Big Books, but Big Books can be created using poster board or butcher paper and illustrations printed from the internet. A Powerpoint presentation can also serve as a Big Book when projected on a wall or electronic whiteboard.
Many emergent reader texts are available in Big Book format. The teacher who is facilitating the reading can pause and model sounding out words or ask questions about key details or ask students to make predictions.

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