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The Nonfiction Read-Aloud: Layering Vocabulary and Concepts for Subject-Specific Study / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Lester L. Laminack

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 10:00am to 11:30am Eastern Time (ET).

  • Saturday, March 20, 2021

Please note that this virtual mini-workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


How does the nonfiction read-aloud create opportunities to convey vocabulary and concepts for an area of study? In this mini-workshop, we will examine a set of thoughtfully selected and intentionally employed picture books to explore the art and function of read-aloud events featuring nonfiction texts. Lester will examine how text sets can be curated and layered to build content-specific vocabulary and establish a repertoire of images associated with those subject-specific words as students develop a conceptual understanding. Then he will lead us through aspects of nonfiction read-aloud experiences to demonstrate how we can lead our students on an exploration of the names and functions of text features frequently found in nonfiction texts.

Learning Objectives

  • We will develop a procedure for previewing a nonfiction read-aloud to take stock of the text features and explore the function each plays in the particular text.
  • We will learn how to decide how much text to include in the first read-aloud and suggestions for revisiting each title.
  • We will leave with an understanding of how to lead students toward an independent approach to managing nonfiction.

About the Presenter

Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Lester is a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the United States and abroad. He is the author of over twenty-five books for teachers, including Climb Inside a Poem; Bullying Hurts: Teaching Kindness Through Read Aloud and Guided Conversations; The Writing Teacher's Troubleshooting Guide; and Writers ARE Readers: Flipping Reading Strategies into Writing Instruction, among others. One of his newest works (with Katie Kelly) is Reading to Make a Difference. Lester is also the author of several children's books. Lester is available for professional development and school author visits. You can connect with Lester on his website,, or on Twitter at @Lester_Laminack.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-6, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.


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03/20/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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