One of my favorite parts of the day is read aloud. It is also one of my students’ favorite parts of the day. All in all, it’s a good part of the day. We have read some great books and some good books, happy books and sad books, funny books and serious books. We’ve read historical fiction, realistic fiction, nonfiction, literary nonfiction, mystery, and fantasy books. I have had students keep reading a series that we started as a read aloud (The Giver). I have had students love a book that no one initially wanted to read for book club (Chains). I have had students go out and buy the book and read it on their own because they wanted to know what would happen next (Unbroken). This class, we dig reading.
One thing I love about read alouds is the number of teachable moments that happen with them. Character development? Check. Figurative language? Check. Imagery? Check. So many authentic examples that we can talk about. Today, the focus was foreshadowing. Our unit is on diversity, so we are reading Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. There is a ton of foreshadowing in this book. It happens at least once a chapter. While I won’t point it out every time it appears in the book, it is very handy since my students are just learning about it. Lots of opportunities for practice. It’s so nice to read good literature together, talk about literary devices, and build community over a common story. Read alouds, they are pretty awesome.