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A SUGGESTED TEACHING SEQUENCE FOR SHARED READING
1. Decide on the focus
Shared reading lends itself to many possibilities:
- having fun with language
- enjoying a predictable story
- introducing a new or familiar author or illustrator
- introducing or developing a topic or theme
- as a model for an innovation on a text
- to introduce or explore a new genre
From observation of the children, the teacher should also consider:
- what reading behaviors are established
- what needs to be practiced
- what reading strategies need consolidation
- what reading behaviors need demonstration and development
2. Select an appropriate book
- does it support the focus?
- does it have interest and appeal?
- does it provide sufficient challenge?
- what skills could be reinforced or taught in context with this book?
3. Set the scene
Begin by talking about the cover and such things as
- front cover illustration
- back cover illustration
- the probable theme
Keep the introduction brief and lively. The idea is to encourage the children to want to
share the book.
4. Read the text
At the first reading, the pace should be lively with few stops. Participation and
prediction should be encouraged, but not to the detriment of the story line.
5. Reread the text
During the rereading there should be opportunities for the children to
- participate in the reading
- recall vocabulary, ideas, information
- appreciate the author's and illustrator's style and viewpoint
- observe and demonstrate reading strategies and language conventions
6. Respond to the text
There are many ways children can respond to books selected for shared reading. These
- independent reading
- listening to the audio cassette
- innovating on the text
- student made "Big Books"
7. Share responses
Opportunity should always be provided for children to share their responses. Sharing
- the chance for children to develop their oral and listening skills
- real reason for follow-up response
Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major