The resource has been added to your collection
Suggestions for using Think Alouds with students while teaching Their Eyes Were Watching God.
This resource has not yet been reviewed.
Not Rated Yet.
The Think-Aloud exercise draws on specific reading skills to explore the information in a selected reading passage.
The Think-Aloud exercise can help students formulate questions before, during, and after reading the novel. It also can help them make predictions about what will happen and when, based on what they learn in the selected reading passage.
When using think-aloud reading with your students, use the list below (“Reading skills students draw on for strong reading comprehension”) to structure the reading tasks. Either introduce the list directly to students before reading or during the think aloud with them, showing students what skills you are using as you use them, and then guiding the group or class can create the list of skills together.
Step 1: Begin with a short section of a text (1-2 pages); the text should be challenging for most of your students and give you several opportunities to illustrate the various reading strategies.
Step 2: Depending on your students’ skills and grade level, choose 3-5 strategies on which you want to focus from the list. For instance, Activate Prior Knowledge, Make Predictions, or Ask Questions. Tell your students what the strategies are that you will be using, why each of these strategies helps on this particular section of text, and when to use them (i.e. before, during, and/or after) as you read the text.
Step 3: Make sure you give your students the purpose or goal for this reading or have them come up with it if that’s appropriate for the particular reading.
Step 4: Read the text to your students and model the chosen strategies as you read by stopping to articulate aloud what skills you are using and what conclusions you are drawing as you read.
Step 5: Have your students annotate the text by underlining, circling, or putting post-it notes near the cues that called for the use of a particular strategy. Discuss them after the read-aloud is complete.
Step 6: Have students brainstorm a list of other texts and circumstances where they might be able to use each of the strategies. Have the students connect these strategies to real life situations.
Step 7: Consistently reinforce the use of these strategies as you continue reading this text and as you introduce new texts to your students.
Adapt the Think-Aloud to suit the students in your class,
depending on how independently students are capable of working, how they are
used to working, and how you want to evaluate their work. Possible instructional scenarios include:
If students are not familiar with the following list of reading skills, review the following list with them:
What skills do you use before, during, and after you read?