This is an On-Demand Mini-Course presented by Heinemann Online PD. Course access is 365 days from the date of purchase.
Learn to Plan Interactive Read Alouds and Book Clubs to Prompt Thinking Within, Beyond, and About the Texts
When readers engage with texts, they read, think about, and discuss them in order to deepen their understanding. In this mini-course, you will examine two instructional contexts in which students have the opportunity to share their thinking with their classmates. In providing these opportunities, you not only give students the space to communicate with one another, but as the instructor, you can also gather evidence of the kinds of thinking your students demonstrate and prompt them to think even more. During interactive read aloud and literature discussion, students learn to express their thinking in ways that lead to increased understanding and the creation of a community of readers in your classroom.
For this mini-course we use The Continuum of Literacy Learning as our professional resource. If you do not have a copy of this text, see below for book discount information.
This mini-course consists of four multi-part sessions. Session 1 details the importance of supporting the listening and discussion skills described in the Continuum of Literacy Learning across the school day. In this session you will explore the behaviors and understandings to notice, teach and support, and you will become more familiar both with how to notice what students are demonstrating, and how to support them along their growing edge. In sessions 2 and 3 you will explore interactive read-aloud as a whole group context for talking about texts, and you will use The Continuum of Literacy Learning to identify evidence of thinking within, beyond, and about the text during conversations. In the final session you will identify reading behaviors exhibited by students during book club discussions and share insights on the development of behaviors that support extended discussion across grade levels.
- Explore two instructional contexts within which teachers model and provide opportunities for text talk
- Identify reading behaviors exhibited by students as they talk about texts
- Discuss the importance of supporting the listening and discussion skills described in The Continuum of Literacy Learning across the school day
- Examine prompts that will support students’ conversations
Session 1: The Oral, Visual, and Technological Communication Continuum
Session 2: Interactive Read-Aloud and Literature Discussion
Session 3: Introduction to Interactive Read-Aloud
Session 4: Extended Discussions About Texts in Book Clubs
On completion of this course, you will be awarded a certificate for 5 contact hours, or .5 CEUs.
* Participants are required to have a copy of The Continuum of Literacy Learning, and a 30% book discount code is provided to Mini-Course students for this text. To receive the 30% discount off our list price, order your book online and enter PDMCBK in the “Add a coupon code” field at checkout. All earlier editions of The Continuum can be referenced for this course and the following edition is now eligible for this Mini-Course book discount program: The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades PreK-8, Second Edition.
This course was developed by The Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative (LCRRLC). Those seeking a graduate level online course or Lesley Graduate Certificate (GC) grounded in the work of Fountas and Pinnell are advised to contact the Lesley CRRLC for additional information.