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Read Aloud with Teens to Develop Critical Thinking and Fluency Skills


ELA: Reading ^21st Century Skills Middle/High School Strategy


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Read Aloud with Teens to Develop Critical Thinking and Fluency Skills

If your older student's reading fluency or comprehension is not at grade level

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Build students' comprehension and fluency by continuing to read aloud to and with them into the teen years. For students with decreased reading efficiency (i.e. not reading at the pace and with proper intonation), following along as someone else is reading can develop this skill in a way that feels more comfortable.
  2. Teacher Takeaways: a) Regularly read to and have students take turns reading aloud parts of a textbook or literature you are studying in class. This encourages participation, discussion, and allows students to continue to hear and practice oral fluency skills. b) Read a variety of genres and authors so students get a sense of how pacing and attention to detail change depending on the type of work. c) Discuss as you read. Identify new vocabulary, writing style, humor, and characters. Use this as an opportunity for students to develop and share opinions.

*parents* At-home Support

  1. Parents can incorporate reading aloud with teens by sharing reading of newspaper or magazine articles that are interesting to your teen.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

There is no specific or best age to stop reading aloud with students. Reading books, newspapers and magazines aloud provides benefits that extend beyond independent reading including understanding more complicated language, developing attention and fluency and promotes an overall interest in reading. All students, even high-performing high school students, can understand and benefit from more sophisticated text when it is read aloud. For the more than half of students who are not reading at an age-appropriate fluency when they enter high school (source: National Reading Panel, parents reading to students can continue to develop this critical skill while also improving comprehension and other reasoning skills.