Shared Reading

  • Shared Reading

    What is Shared Reading

    Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience that occurs when students join in or share the reading of a book or other text while guided and supported by a teacher. The teacher explicitly models the skills of proficient readers, including reading with fluency and expression. The shared reading model often uses oversized books (referred to as big books) with enlarged print and illustrations.

    Why use shared reading?

    • It provides struggling readers with necessary support. Shared reading of predictable text can build sight word knowledge and reading fluency
    • Allows students to enjoy materials that they may not be able to read on their own.
    • Ensures that all students feel successful by providing support to the entire group.

    How to use shared reading

    1. Introduce the story by discussing the title, cover, and author/illustrator. Ask the students to make predictions regarding what they think the story might be about.
    2. Read the story aloud to the students using appropriate inflection and tone. Pause and ask the students to make predictions. Ask brief questions to determine students' comprehension level.
    3. Conclude the reading by reserving time for reactions and comments. Ask questions about the story and relate the story to the students' similar experiences. Ask the children to retell the story in their own words.
    4. Re-read the story and/or allow time for independent reading.
    5. Conduct follow-up activities such as making crafts related to the story.