Building a Read Aloud Community We start the year in Read Aloud by reading picture books that focus on character building. We use these books to discuss PS 172’s Core Values of respect, responsibility, honesty, courage, kindness, as well as to build conversation skills such as looking at the speaker, using an appropriate speaking voice, staying on topic and building on the comments of others. As a class, we identify these skills as they discuss the qualities of an engaging read aloud conversation. We name what read aloud should look & sound like- they have been doing this for years, after all!
Once we have agreed on clear expectations for the conversation, we support students with rubrics, checklists, individual and class goals to help students grow in their conversational skills.
To support your child at home, you can ask him/her to:
share something from the read aloud discussion
discuss ideas about the main character (with evidence/proof from the text)
share his/her read aloud goal- What skills are you working on in the read aloud conversation?
tell you if they are enjoying the story- ask: ‘What do you like about the book?’ ‘What parts of the book do you like the best? Why? Can you share that part with me?’