Harry Wong
Dec 2017
Vol 14 No 4

Reading Aloud to Students of all Ages – Links, Studies, Resources

By Teachers.Net Community
Jim Trelease in his book The Read Aloud Handbook:

“Reading aloud is a commercial for reading. …Think of it this way: McDonald’s doesn’t stop advertising just because the vast majority of Americans know about its restaurants. Each year it spends more money on ads to remind people how good its products taste. Don’t cut your reading advertising budget as children grow older.”

Reading Aloud: A Neglected Strategy for Older Students.
Reading aloud is an important motivational strategy not only for primary school children but also for upper-elementary, middle, and high school students.

High School, College Teachers Reading Aloud to Students “I think about music students and how they might be able to read a sheet of music and play it, but you wouldn’t want them to never go to the symphony and enjoy an afternoon of listening to the music because they can do it themselves,” said Albright.

Tapping the potential of teacher read-alouds in middle schools

The Importance of Reading Aloud – Lisa Frase (aka Mae in Texas)


Reading Aloud to Students by Leah Davies

In 1983 the Commission on Reading was created and funded by the U. S. Department of Education to study the best way to increase knowledge and reading in children. The commission evaluated ten thousand research studies over the course of two years and reported their results in Becoming a Nation of Readers. Among the findings: “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” The study supported reading aloud in classrooms throughout all grades.*

Experts agree that the way to motivate children to read on their own is by arousing their interest and curiosity. Reading exciting stories to children helps them associate reading with pleasure. When the teacher and children share suspense, emotions, and enjoy fascinating characters, their relationship is strengthened. In addition, when children listen to a teacher read, they learn grammatical form and story structure. Reading stories, poems, books and factual texts to children builds their vocabulary, attention span and knowledge base so that they can speak, read, and write more fluently.

Reasons to Read Aloud to Children

Keeping Sight of the Read-Aloud Purpose – Cheryl Sigmon


Reading Aloud to Children

10 Reasons to Read Aloud to Students

“The teacher makes it more explainable” and other reasons to read aloud in the intermediate grades

Reading Aloud to Older Kids
Research supports the use of reading aloud with older students. For example, Professor Warwick Elley of New Zealand led an international study that compared reading levels of students between 9 and 14 years of age in 32 different countries. One of the study’s conclusions was that frequent reading aloud by teachers contributes to higher reading scores.

M. S. Cosgrove conducted research with upper elementary school children and found that they too benefit from being read to, even though they were all able to read on their own. These benefits of reading aloud came in the form of higher achievement and enhanced attitudes towards reading.

Eight Strategies to Help Students Read Difficult Text
Part of the key to helping students read difficult text is to allow them to ‘hear’ difficult text. When I read aloud to my older students it is a wonderful motivational strategy for:
# Teaching another how to read
# Seeing a teacher as a reading role model
# Expounding upon the various theories of reading
# Giving a sense of identity and respect to the text, and
# Encouraging the goal to become a lifetime reader.


Collaborative Action Research at PS24/District 15 1999-2000 School Year
Adapting the Interactive Read Aloud

* Ecroyd (1991) found that read aloud developed an interest in reading of elementary grade students.
* Piotrowski’s (1996) work indicates a positive attitude in fourth grade boys towards reading after consistent exposure to oral reading.
* Forte (1995) reports that students exposed to oral reading scored higher on comprehension tests than those not exposed.


Read Alouds Move to the Middle Level

Children of all ages benefit from being read to (Sharpe, 2005; Koralek, 2006; Albright & Arial, 2005). Reading out loud is not just for the early school years. Students approaching the middle level encounter greater content material, and new and exciting vocabulary. Teachers whose voices are engaging will “hook” students into new subject matter. The teacher brings “life to text – a voice to a text” (Ivey, 2003).
In the upper grades, reading out loud can ….


Reading Aloud and Beyond: Fostering the Intellectual Life with Older Readers

Frank Serafini, Arizona State University, Cyndi Giorgis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

ISBN 978-0-325-00522-5 / 0-325-00522-2 / 2003 / 112pp / Paperback
Imprint: HeinemannReading aloud—that’s for primary school children, right?

No, say Frank Serafini and Cyndi Giorgis. They contend that reading aloud is just as important for older readers. And they provide the research to back their claim.




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