Continuing to Read Aloud with Older Children
Everyone knows the importance of reading aloud to emerging readers. However, reading aloud remains important as children become independent readers. Reading aloud enables independent readers to:
What Are the Benefits of Reading Aloud?
An Instructional Format for College-Age Learners
the basis for building on critical thinking skills that are related and unrelated to reading.
meanings, connect ideas and experiences across texts, use their prior knowledge, and question
unfamiliar words from the text.
memorized declarative knowledge but adaptive expertise depends on the acquisition of
meaningful knowledge. That is, knowledge organized through connections to other knowledge.
An adaptive expert synthesizes knowledge groups to make meaning in new ways to solve
unexpected or novel problems. (Hatano 1988).
their information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension.
aloud motivate students to read.
General concepts found here are drawn from Patricia McGee’s “The Instructional Value of Storytelling,” which she prepared under the auspices of the United States Air Force, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Warfighting Readiness Research Division. Hatano,G (1988) “Social and Motivational Bases for Mathematical Understanding” in Children's Mathematics, ed. GB Saxe, M. Gearhart.
Anecdotal (experiential) benefits:
experience. In a world of sound bites and half-formed ideas expressed quickly in electronic
formats, students benefit from hearing complete ideas, expressed with originality and attention,
such as one finds in literary language.
narrative flow; the listener may forget her surroundings and engage her visual, auditory,
kinesthetic and emotional sense, and may experience a sense of time distortion. This is a
qualitatively altered state that is supportive of active and deeper learning.
instructional dialog may not be fully appreciated in our fast-past, digitally accessible, media saturated, action-oriented culture. Active listening fosters contemplation and reflection, without
which students may collect information, yet fail to gain knowledge.
picture and anticipate variables that may not be discernible when approached from a single
basic tests of comprehension is to ask someone to read aloud form a book. It reveals far more
than whether the reader understands the words. It reveals how far into the words – and the
pattern of the words – the reader really sees. Reading aloud recaptures the physicality of words.