Indiana Reading Journal Volume 44 Issue 1 - Page 53


Indiana Standard

2.RN.2.1: Ask and answer questions (e.g., who was the story about; why did an event happen, where did the story happen) to demonstrate understanding of main idea and key details in a text.

2.RL.2.2: Recount the beginning, middle, and ending of stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

2RL.2.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and how characters affect the plot.

2.RL.2.4: Make predictions about the content of text using prior knowledge of text features, explaining whether they were confirmed or not confirmed, and why.

2.RL.3.1: Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces a story and the ending concludes the action.

How Read Aloud Can Assist in Instruction

The teacher would ask questions that provoke students to elaborate. Teacher would explicitly explain why this ability is important to reading.

Since the teacher is leading instruction, a copy of the text would be provided for each student to follow along with. The teacher would model explicitly how to find main idea on the first paragraph, then class would respond to the others in the same way.

This could be done orally or as a written response to literature. An exit ticket would allow you to see how each student can articulate this standard.

Allowing students to talk at times during read-aloud is a great way to develop language skill, so I suggest a “turn and talk” with a person sitting close to make a prediction. Then after you’ve finished reading aloud for the session, in discussion, ask students to explain how the book confirmed (or did not confirm) their prediction and why .

At the appropriate times for discussion (before the book, when done reading the book, at the beginning of a chapter, or at the end of a chapter, discuss the beginning of the story and how it helped them to understand more about the book, and how the ending concluded the action. Were they satisfied with the ending?

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