Before beginning a read aloud with your class, it’s important to identify the purpose and learning outcomes you are working towards. Identifying the learning outcomes should be outlined for both teacher and student to help engage the student in the learning process. These outcomes are usually based on grade expectations and those goals created by a teacher’s school board.
The focus for a balanced literacy program that engages the learner and connects with the curriculum is to develop critical readers that will translate into critical thinkers. I developed these mini read aloud lessons to teach the students about important reading comprehension strategies that good readers engage in. Through these Read Aloud Mini Lessons, the teacher has scripted questions to help highlight these strategies that allow the reader to think beyond the text.
The following is a list of the stories that the Mini Lessons are developed for.
1. Doctor De Soto
2. How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
4. I Wish I Could Read!
5. Leon the Chameleon
6. The Selfish Crocodile
7. Noisy Nora
8. The Name Jar