Readtopia Interactive Read Aloud lessons help students learn and practice strategies for comprehending more complex text. Using the graphic novel at the highest reading level for each unit, five read aloud approaches are modeled and supported throughout every Upper Elementary and All Emergent thematic unit.
Interactive Read Aloud lessons are explicitly designed to be used with a specific graphic novel reading level. So, which graphic novel level is used at each thematic unit level?
|Graphic Novel Level|
|All Emergent Units||Transitional Level 4|
|Upper Elementary Units||Conventional Level 5|
Engaging in Interactive Read Aloud with a Mixed-Ability Group
Readtopia whole group Interactive Read Aloud lessons are designed to include ALL students when teaching mixed-ability groups. Students working at the Conventional and upper Transitional levels will serve as great peer models for those Emergent and early Transitional students who are learning basic skills in reading, commenting and interacting with one another.
Look for opportunities to include Emergent students to keep students with more skills from dominating the interactions. Identify facial expressions and body language in response to the reading and comment on them to bring emergent students into the conversation. For example: You look scared! That lion is big and scary.
Interactive Read Aloud scripts tell you exactly what to SAY and DO while reading every page of the anchor literature graphic novel at the appropriate level for each Upper Elementary and All Emergent unit. An example of student / adult interactions related to the scripts provide examples of effective communication experiences using both verbal and nonverbal responses.
|ALL Lessons||● Engage in collaborative interactions about text. ● Identify details in a text that is read aloud.|
|Picture Walk||● Identify parts of illustrations that depict a particular setting, or event. ● Build understanding and make connections by describing and talking about illustrations. ● Demonstrate understanding while actively engaged in shared reading of stories.|
|Vocabulary||● Determine the meaning of words in a text. ● Literal meaning of words and phrases in context. ● Real-life connections between words and their use. ● Words that describe personal emotions.|
|Print Referencing||● Build understanding of concepts about print including concept of letter names / sounds, words, capitalization, punctuation, and directionality (left-to-right, top-to-bottom), one-to-one correspondence between spoken/written word, etc.|
|Key Ideas and Details||● Identify words in a text to answer a question about explicit information. ● Describe and discuss information about the characters, setting, and / or facts that are in the text.|
|Integration of Knowledge and Ideas||● Integrate knowledge, skills, and experiences with the information.|
Picture Walk Interactive Read Aloud lessons are designed to help build students’ curiosity about and interest in stories. During the picture walk, the focus is not the text. Instead, the focus is the pictures and building understandings and connections by describing and talking about the pictures on each page of the graphic novel. Then, when the text is read aloud, students will use the knowledge gained from the pictures to build additional understanding. This knowledge will continue to support students as they continue to read the entire story over time.
Vocabulary Interactive Read Aloud lessons are focused on vocabulary target words that are central to the unit but have utility across units in Readtopia. Most words featured in these lessons are multi-meaning words that appear among the most common 2,500 words in spoken English. These lessons will help students make progress on the Language Comprehension and Communication scale on the Emergent Literacy Measure in Readtopia.
Print Referencing Interactive Read Aloud lessons are designed to build students’ understanding of concepts about print including concept of word, capitalization, punctuation, directionality, and the alphabetic principle. These lessons will help students make progress on the Concept About Print and Alphabetic Principle scales on the Emergent Literacy Measure.
Key Ideas and Details Interactive Read Aloud lessons are intended to teach students about the information in the text. Teachers are guided in describing and discussing information about the characters, setting, and/or facts that are in the text. Sometimes, lessons also focus on building students’ understanding of the structure of the text. Key Ideas and Details lessons will help students make progress on the Language Comprehension scale on the Emergent Literacy Measure.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Interactive Read Aloud lessons are designed to help students learn to integrate multiple ideas in the text and to integrate their knowledge, skills, and experiences with the information provided in the text. These lessons include what are often called text-to-text and text-to-self connections. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas lessons will help students make progress on the Language Comprehension and Communication scales on the Emergent Literacy Measure.