Read aloud is a teaching strategy that develops comprehension of texts and the love for reading on students.
During a Read Aloud teachers verbally interact with students before, during and after reading to help them understand and make a variety of connections with the book. The selection can be a non-fiction or fiction narrative, a poem or picture book.
The teacher engages in a series of activities, including: pre-viewing the book; asking students to make predictions and connections to prior knowledge; stopping at purposeful moments to emphasize story elements, ask guiding questions or focus questions; and using oral or written responses to bring closure to the selection.
Hearing fluent and expressive reading of good literature expands students’ vocabulary and helps build students’ stamina and will make them better readers.