Use authentic texts to teach reading! These read alouds are designed to meet a variety of instructional needs. Each one-page read aloud includes more discussion points than can possibly be covered—just pick and choose which questions and “think-alouds” will best fit your students!
Each one-page read aloud contains the following sections:
—Book Info: title, author, reading level
—Instructional Goals: A handful of instructional goals (and a corresponding CC-standard) are listed. Highlight the ones that fit your current needs.
—Text Introduction: A brief introduction to the text.
—During Reading Discussion: A few questions that can be asked during the reading to prompt student thinking. Each of these questions corresponds to one of the listed instructional goals and is labeled accordingly (see preview).
—Modeling/Think Aloud: A suggestion for when the teacher can pause and model good reading behaviors.
—After-reading discussion: Discussion questions to be asked after the discussion. Each of these questions corresponds to one of the listed instructional goals and is labeled accordingly (see preview).
—Extensions/Mini-Lessons: Ideas for mini-lessons that naturally extend the reading of the text.
—Connections to Larger Units of Study: This section points out how the discussion connects to larger units of study in the reading classroom.
To Use: Highlight your instructional goals. Then highlight the questions and think-aloud that correspond to your goals. Request the book from your library—then you’re good to go!
This product contains 16 read alouds, one for each of 16 books. The books represent a variety of backgrounds, tones and challenges for the reader. Several books deal with difficult themes such as war or loss. All of them are engaging, high-quality, and can be read comfortably in a single setting. See the preview for specific titles.
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These read alouds were written in conjunction with 20 mini-lessons contained in my Realistic Fiction Genre Unit. The read alouds, mini-lessons and lesson extensions come together to create a comprehensive genre unit where students learn about the realistic fiction genre while building a foundation for reading fiction throughout the year. SAVE MONEY (and time!) BY PURCHASING THE BUNDLE.
You can also purchase a realistic fiction unit for 3rd and 4th graders:
20 Realistic Fiction Read Alouds for 3rd and 4th Grades
This is the first in a series of genre units—each will build on the topics introduced in the first. Follow my store for updates on newly released units!
Interested in Year-Long Genre Study? Get my Teacher Guide and 16 (more!) Prepared Read Alouds.