Read Aloud and More USA - Grade 1 is a series of read aloud lessons for Grade 1.
Reading aloud to children is a successful and effective activity that helps improve student reading abilities. This strategy provides teachers the chances to help students come in contact with and use higher level comprehension strategies because the comprehension listening level of students is generally higher than their independent and instructional reading level. Higher level passages require more complex reading strategies. Read alouds also provide opportunities to incorporate and integrate science and social studies content during the language arts block of the school day. Students learn about the world around them. This can create interest and foster a desire to find out more.
Read alouds help provide teachers a means to build background knowledge, teach vocabulary, model fluent reading, and improve student use of comprehension strategies for both fiction and nonfiction text. This is especially important for English-language learners (ELL) students. The higher level read-to texts present vocabulary words that the ELL students may not yet be able to read on their own. This helps them with their language development. As with all students, the more ELL students come in contact with higher level vocabulary words, the more proficient the students will become in developing their reading skills.
Read Aloud and More - USA - Grade 1 presents fiction and nonfiction passages to help teach narrative and informational text structures. Students need to be able to recognize the two types of structures and know which comprehension strategies work best to develop meaning.
Each Read Aloud and More - USA - Grade 1 lesson follows a similar format. There is one format for fiction passages and one for nonfiction passages. There is a list of materials needed, such as transparencies of graphic organizers, and a list of the reading objectives found in each lesson.
Read each passage ahead of time to practice fluency, expression, pacing, and to allow you to get comfortable with the text. Each lesson is between 20 and 30 minutes in length. There are 24 passages, one per week, with each week consisting of a 4 day series of lessons. The fifth day of the week could be used as a catch-up day or to provide more time for After Reading activities.
Each lesson is made up of Before Reading, During Reading, and After Reading activities. The words typed in bold italics are the words that you say to the students in each lesson. Think-Alouds are in boxes as well. Day 1 focuses on Before Reading. Day 2 centers on During Reading, Day 3 focuses on During and After Reading, and Day 4 works with After Reading activities.
The Table of Contents page is organized to show the 24 passages (12 fiction and 12 nonfiction) by weeks, each passage title, whether the passage is fiction or nonfiction, vocabulary words from each passage, and the first page of each series of lessons for the week.
The Appendix holds Graphic Organizers and additional lesson component explanations including Think-Alouds, Vocabulary Direct Teaching, Retelling Rubrics for Fiction and Nonfiction Passages, Reading Responses, and a bibliography of references for additional information.
The format presented in these lessons is one that can be used with any fiction or nonfiction passage. Using read alouds in your classroom will help your students become better readers. The use of listening comprehension, oral language activities, think-alouds, as well as teacher-student and student-student discussions will help improve student comprehension.