Help me give my students the opportunity to become better readers by introducing them to a world of adventure, history, science, life lessons, and enjoyment through read aloud books.
My students are thoughtful, creative, and have lots of questions about the world around them. They look forward to stories the we read each day and love writing their thoughts about books we read in their journals. They love books that provide adventures, excitement, and even books that provide information about the world around them! I want to enhance that love of books. Reading aloud to children helps students become better readers, better speakers, and helps them to have a more fluent vocabulary. Literacy is the most important subject for children to learn. Without a strong literary foundation, everything else becomes much more difficult.
The objective of my project is to use read alouds to; improve student learning and broaden student knowledge of literacy ; increase accuracy and fluency in reading; demonstrate the use of language, expressiveness, vocabulary, syntax; improving processing of information, and motivating students to become readers.
Each objective will be measured by student responsiveness, the ability of students to ask and answer of questions related to the topic, throughout the read-aloud, the ability of students to discuss topic of the books, usage of new vocabulary introduced from the read-aloud, improved fluency and accuracy in student reading and growth in reading test scores.
Read-alouds will improve learning by providing meaningful texts through read-alouds, I will be able to better support and enhance the growth of my students’ fundamental reading skills by correlating books to the first grade reading literature skills.
The read aloud and follow-up conversation allows teachers the opportunity to help students develop background knowledge and connect concepts so that all children can begin to clarify their thinking during their discussions with their peers and teacher (Dorn & Soffos, 2005).
Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. It is the single most important activity for reading success (Bredekamp, Copple, & Neuman, 2000). It provides children with a demonstration of phrased, fluent reading (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996). It reveals the rewards of reading, and develops the listener's interest in books and desire to be a reader (Mooney, 1990).
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