In Defense of Read-Aloud

Sustaining Best Practice

As accountability measures for schools and teachers continue to grow, instructional practice is under the microscope. The practice of reading aloud to children may be viewed by some educators as an "extra"—a bit of fluff used solely for the purpose of enjoyment or filling a few spare minutes. But researchers and practitioners stand in solidarity: the practice of reading aloud throughout the grades is not only viable but also best practice.

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As accountability measures for schools and teachers continue to grow, instructional practice is under the microscope. The practice of reading aloud to children may be viewed by some educators as an "extra"—a bit of fluff used solely for the purpose of enjoyment or filling a few spare minutes. But researchers and practitioners stand in solidarity: the practice of reading aloud throughout the grades is not only viable but also best practice.

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Amidst the clanging noise of today's technology, Steven Layne offers here a clear clarion call on behalf of reading to children. It is insightful, reasoned, entertaining (rare in the field), and carefully researched for those who might doubt the urgent need for something that doesn't need a Wi-Fi hot spot. It should be on every teacher's must-read list.

Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook

About the Author(s)

Dr. Steven L. Layne serves as Chair of Graduate Programs in Literacy Education at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches courses at both the master's and doctoral level. He is a fifteen-year veteran of public education, serving as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in a wide span of grade levels.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Regie Routman
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: What's All The Fuss About Reading Aloud?
  • Chapter 2: Establishing a Successful Read-Aloud Time
  • Chapter 3: Selecting the Appropriate Read-Aloud
  • Chapter 4: The Art of Reading Aloud
  • Chapter 5: The Books We Love to Read Aloud
  • References
  • Index

 

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Grade Range: K-12
Media: 200 pp/paperMedia: E-BookMedia: E-Book/Print
Year: 2015
Item No: 1040Item No: 1042Item No: 1B40
ISBN: 978-162531-040-8ISBN: 978-162531-042-2ISBN: 978-162531-B40-8

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