Print out the samples below and try them out in your own classroom.
Depending on your classroom need on any given day, you may choose to access an interactive read-aloud lesson in one of two primary ways: by standard or by title.
Lesson Matrix: When you have a particular standard that must be addressed for your curriculum or because children are developmentally ready for it, locate the standard on the following Lesson Matrix chart. Next to the standard you'll see the title of the mentor text that the lesson in this guide is based on as well as suggested Booklinks for extending learning with the same standard.
Title List: When you have a particular book that fits into your ongoing classroom activities, into your children's interests, or even into your mood on a given day, take a look at the Title List in the Teacher's Guide. Here, the mentor texts on which the interactive read-aloud lessons are based are listed alphabetically by title for ease of location. Find your book to see the standards and lessons it matches.
A concise Lesson Plan models an interactive read aloud and then offers an end of story reflection and strategies for extending and assessing the learning.
Shared Reading Overhead Masters
The shared reading text in each lesson oftentimes introduces another genre (nonfiction, poetry) for strategy practice. It provides an opportunity for you and the children to read aloud together, building oral fluency while using strategies with a variety of texts. This full-size page may be made into an overhead transparency for group sharing and copied for children's literacy notebooks.
Reader's Theater Scripts
Each lesson includes a Readers Theater script that provides an opportunity to develop oral fluency. The script may recap or use the same language structure as the mentor test, introduce a new genre (e.g. nonfiction), or extend the story context. Readers Theater fluency practice focuses on reading expressively, matching the reading to the purpose and type of text, and should be joyous and engaging. Students should revel in the opportunity to show off their reading in a lively way.