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Reading Aloud Guidelines

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The following guidelines will create a safe environment for students to read aloud.

1. Students should never read aloud what they haven't read silently or followed along while you read.

2. Unless the errors dramatically affect meaning, let it go.

3. If there’s a miscall that isn't sensible, politely ask them to try that word again. Also, when the student is finished, take the word back to its basics on the board and add it back in as class parrots the correct form. I.e., if a student calls speeding, for seeping...write ‘see,’ add the ‘p,’ then the ‘ing,’ and then discuss the meaning.

4. Most importantly, state at the beginning of the year and occasionally throughout that only the teacher corrects errors, never students. Also, who needs the most practice reading aloud? Those who aren't very good. So who will I call on the most? I’ll call on those who need the practice. How can a basketball player get better if he/she doesn't practice?

5. For an extremely poor reader, stand or squat next to that reader while he’s reading and quickly but quietly supply words he don't know, so he can parrot them correctly and have success. You might say, ‘it rhymes with…’ or ‘the vowel says...’ Have everyone read. Assign some longer and some shorter passages. Also, let the really poor readers know beforehand which paragraph they'll be reading so they can practice a lot before it's their turn.


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