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The Art and Function of Read-Aloud with Fiction / 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, April 24, 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.


As we examine the art and function of read-aloud experiences in the classroom, we will consider three broad intentions for making read-aloud an essential part of every day. Lester will demonstrate the art of reading aloud well with specific attention to tone, intensity, pacing, and mood. Imagine slowing down to explore a small set of books in layers, one layer at a time, with a clear focus for each read-aloud experience. Lester will take you through the potential of a few picture books to demonstrate what can be done with numerous well-loved Best Friend Books because he understands that to be a good writer, you must first be able to read deeply and understand author's intent.

Learning Objectives

  • We will unpack three clear intentions to guide each read-aloud experience.
  • We will unpack a rationale for an uninterrupted first read of the text.
  • We will develop guidelines for revisiting a text with a clear focus for discussion along the way.

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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04/24/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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