Mindprint Toolbox

Search Results

Please wait...

Choral Reading


ELA: Reading Elementary School Strategy


Expressive Language

Choral Reading

If your student needs to strengthen oral reading fluency, which is often practiced less than silent reading fluency

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Students at all reading levels will improve oral reading fluency and increase reading confidence with choral reading -- reading aloud together in a group.
  2. Model and Practice: a) Create groups that take into account both reading comprehension and reading fluency to ensure that students are comfortably developing and everyone is participating. As such, choral reading might be best in small groups rather than whole class. b) Remind students they need to read at the group pace--the goal is for everyone to be reading together at a good, consistent pace that they can maintain over longer texts. c) Choral reading can be effective for students with weaker stamina. Encourage these students to read as much as they can, rest, and then jump back in when they can.
  3. Teacher Takeaways: a) Teachers can read along to set the pace, or they might just listen so they can hear who might be struggling at certain points and then provide additional instruction as needed. Even for teachers, it is difficult to listen to students and read aloud at the same time. b) Note that choral reading is not the same as students taking turns reading aloud in a group (i.e. popcorn reading). Sequential reading is likely to make struggling readers nervous and they might spend their time preparing or being nervous for their turn and not fully participating.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

An extensive research review by the National Reading Panel indicates that classroom practices that encourage repeated oral reading with feedback and guidance leads to meaningful improvements in reading expertise for good readers as well as struggling students. Having students read aloud together takes the pressure off of any single learner but helps all students develop intonation and pacing. The more students practice the more they will improve. Providing students stress-free ways to practice is critical to improving this essential skill.