Read Aloud

Popcorn Reading, Readers Theater, Audio Book, Books-On-Tape/CD, Text-to-Speech Software

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Read Aloud refers to presenting written text in an auditory format. The teacher can read aloud to the class or students can take turns reading aloud to each other. The written text can be presented through an audio recording (e.g. tape, CD, MP3) or through the use of text to speech software. Having access to the text via audio does eliminate the need to read the text itself. The student can be exposed to the read aloud version before they engage in reading it themselves to facilitate comprehension. Alternately, they can listen to the read aloud as they are reading the text to facilitate accurate decoding.

Implementation Tips

For students who are auditory learners, give the student a CD of the textbook
For students who have a visual disability or do not read, provide text-to-speech software such as [[ | Natural Reader ]] to present written materials in an auditory version.
Peer Support
For students who require multiple readings of a passage to strengthen comprehension, rotating peers can be assigned to read the material a second time with the student.
Popcorn Reading
When doing popcorn reading, students who are reluctant to read aloud can be given a highlighted passage ahead of time in order to prepare. The teacher can choose that student for the prepared passage.


Language Arts
Use Readers Theater to present Where the Wild Things Are by having students create a script of the book and read the script aloud assuming the role of different characters.
Social Studies
The teacher will read key sections from the social studies textbook to the students before they engage in their own independent reading.
Use popcorn reading to present an article about types of volcanoes. In popcorn reading the teacher selects a student to begin reading a passage, the student chooses the point to stop reading and the teacher assigns the next student.

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