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Catching the Bug for Reading Through Interactive Read-Alouds

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Grades K – 1
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Three 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cathy J. Morton

Ogden, Utah


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate (Dutton Books, 2000)

  • Computers with Internet access

  • Sink, towels, soap, and water for hand washing

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According to Barrentine, you can use the following steps to plan and prepare for an interactive read-aloud lesson:

1. Read the book several times to yourself.
Because of the idiosyncrasies that arise when interacting and discussing texts with groups of students, it is important for you to know the text well.

2. Think about the reading goals you have for your students and identify the process and strategy information at work in the story.
Choose vocabulary words to be discussed, such as flu, temperature, substitute, and get-well card. Decide if you want to point out the rhyming nature of the story or the alphabetical student names since this information can help students when decoding the text.

3. Identify where student's predictions about the developing story should be sought and shared.
Plan what aspects of the story you would like to focus on and note where those aspects are located in the text. Be prepared also to use student responses to guide the interaction.

4. Anticipate where you may need to build students' background knowledge.
Depending on the needs and abilities of your students, anticipate areas where students may need more background information to be able to fully understand the lesson you are teaching.

5. Think through how you will phrase your questions and anticipate student responses.
"Canned" questions do not enhance comprehension or interaction if students are beyond the strategies the questions are eliciting.

6. After you have prepared the read-aloud event, be prepared to relinquish your plans and tailor your questions to the needs and responses of your group.
Remember to find and use "teachable moments."

7. After reading, devise opportunities for students to explore stories in personal and exciting ways.
In this lesson, students will write a personalized invitation inviting another class and their family members to a literacy event. Think of other ways the text can be used to generate interest and excitement for literacy learning.

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