"Miss Paulson, who is coming to read to us today?" We celebrated Read Across America week with guest readers every day. As I watched my students listen and engage, I realized how much my students love read alouds. Read alouds inspire them toward deep comprehension and enjoyment of stories. They also help my students become better writers.
My small town readers love to experience the world through the pages of a book.
Linda Hoyt says it beautifully, "Read-aloud time...is a time when teachers open windows into the world of mystery, magic, and enormous possibility."
My students crave high quality read aloud books to learn how to comprehend their independent texts and learn more about the world and its workings. Writer's workshop is an exciting time, especially when it comes to publishing an e-book or sending the final product to a travel agency to be displayed. My students love literacy and deserve the greatest exposure to exemplary children's literature.
"Children deserve opportunities to interact with the richest language, most beautiful art, and most enticing story lines that we can offer," says Linda Hoyt. I believe this to be true, which is why I want to provide my students with exemplar mentor texts to learn from and be inspired by.
By contributing to our mentor text library, you will be helping students become critical thinkers and passionate readers through exposure to high quality literature.
Reading is such a critical piece of life. As a teacher I have not yet found a better way to teach students to read than to arouse a love of literacy through the pages of an awe-inspiring story or piece of nonfiction. Mentor texts lay the foundation for engaging and inspiring readers of all ages and interests. Currently, our mentor text library is small and lacking in quality. It is difficult to engage and effectively teach with a library of old and worn out mentor texts. The classroom needs a mentor text rehaul. The students and I are hoping to revitalize our tired selection to excite and encourage generations of readers.
The students and I will rehaul our mentor text library by selecting read aloud suggestions from instructional books that promote deep comprehension and learning. Authors and publishers including Linda Hoyt, Stephanie Harvey, and Scholastic, Inc. will inspire our read aloud selections.
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