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Laurens-Marathon. February 22, 2012. Quick write on how Think- Alouds can help you as a teacher. . Think- Alouds can help teachers: . Deepen their own awareness of the reading process

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laurens marathon


February 22, 2012

think alouds can help teachers
Think-Alouds can help teachers:
  • Deepen their own awareness of the reading process
  • Use this heightened awareness of their strategic and interpretive process to help model these strategies to kids
  • See what students do and don’t do as they read, which helps the teacher to assess students and plan appropriate instruction
  • Understand what in a text confuses readers
  • Support readers to identify problems and monitor their own comprehension
ways to present think alouds
Ways to present Think-Alouds:
  • Teacher does Think-Aloud; student listens
  • Teacher does Think-Aloud; student helps out
  • Students do Think-Alouds as large group; teacher and other students monitor and help
  • Students do Think-Alouds in small group; teacher and other students monitor and help
  • Students do Think-Alouds individually; compare with others
  • Teacher or students do Think-Alouds orally, in writing, or on overhead, with Post-it notes or in journal
think alouds help students to
Think-Alouds Help Students to:
  • Understand that reading should make sense
  • Move beyond literal decoding
  • Learn how to make sense of text by using many different strategies
  • Use particular strategies when reading certain text types
  • Share ways of reading
  • Learn about themselves are readers
6 steps of effective instruction
6 Steps of Effective Instruction
  • Teacher explains what a strategy consists of
  • Teacher explains why this strategy is important
  • Teacher explains when to use the strategy in actual reading
  • Teacher models when to perform this strategy in an actual context
  • Teacher guides learner practice
  • Students independently use the strategy
use think alouds to model
Use Think-Alouds to Model:
  • Setting purpose for reading
  • Making predictions
  • Connecting personally
  • Monitoring Comprehension
  • Using Fix-Up strategies when needed
prompts that guide students to use strategies
Prompts That Guide Students to Use Strategies
  • Set Purpose for Reading
    • Research shows it is important to model purpose setting for students
    • It is up to us to help students see the purpose in everything they read
    • Prompts (See Handout)
make predictions
Make Predictions
  • As you begin reading, begin predicting what will come next.
  • Correct and revise predications as you gain information from the text.
connect personally
Connect Personally
  • Show how you use your own experience to help make meaning, and the ways you bring your experiences of other texts to help you understand this one.
  • This is “relating life to literature”
  • “Relating literature to life”
  • Show how you take the sensory and physical details the author gives you and expand them in your mind’s eye to create an image or a scene.
  • This ability to “see” what one is reading, to create accurate mental model and/or sensory-rich story worlds as one reads is crucial to engaged reading.
  • Demonstrate how you develop and adapt images as you read
monitor comprehension
Monitor Comprehension
  • Demonstrate how expert readers constantly (though subconsciously) monitor comprehension by asking, “Does this make sense?”
  • Show that you expect what you read to make sense to you and that if it doesn’t you will stop to identify this as a problem.
fix up strategies
Fix-Up Strategies
  • Used to address confusion and repair comprehension
  • Follows Step 5
  • Demonstrate how you use various strategies when you can’t grasp something or wish to check your understanding
fix up strategies1
Fix-Up Strategies
  • rereading
  • Reading ahead to see if that will clear things up
  • Reviewing and synthesizing previous ideas from the text and relating these “chunks” of concepts to the confusing ideas
  • Replacing a word or words they don’t know with one(s) that they know and think would make sense in this context; looking up a word in the dictionary
  • Changing their ideas or visualization of the story
  • Asking someone for help