April 14, 2004
I also had difficulty with kids wanting to take part in silent reading or listen to me read aloud. I tracked down an exciting read aloud that was age appropriate and made sure that each time I read, I was able to stop at a turning point or leave the kids with a cliffhanger. I chose Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The kids get really into it and there are several books to follow it up (Brian's Winter, The River, and numerous other books by Paulsen). Once I read Hatchet, the kids were excited to check out other Paulsen books to read on their own. I guess the most important thing for a read aloud is to pick a high interest book, especially something they can relate to. Humerous books and adventure books seem to work the best.