April 14, 2004
There are many great activities students can do as you read aloud. One that is popular with my students is 'Draw-Along', where students draw small representations of what is happening in the plot as I read. They connect the plot pictures with arrows showing the appropriate sequencing. It's important to model this activity for students before letting them go solo. I use a fairy tale or other common story to model, showing students that I am not looking for great artwork, but rather a clear sequence. The idea is that students should be able to retell a chapter based on their drawings.