I really loved how Linda Rief in her article “The Power of Reading: Practices That Work” started by telling the story of how some students stuck up for another one in the class. The class united, as she says, in the “spirit of ass-kicking” and I love that explanation of how students should view literature. I also view this a little bit as what they will have to do in the real world. Every part of life involves sticking up for yourself and others. Or, in the words of Queen Elizabeth II:
Besides the thought of students reading literature in the “spirit of ass-kicking,” she discusses the importance of reading aloud in class. Even though I was never a fan of reading aloud in classes growing up (mainly because I read faster by myself) I can understand the importance. Everyone knows that all students learn differently so reading aloud will help those students who are more auditory learners. I also liked how she talked about how her one student was able to make connections between characters and important plot developments. Reading aloud helps students learn how to make predictions and visualize the characters. My mother read to me when I was younger and I think that this was one reason why I became such an avid reader and writer. She was always willing to buy me more books and give me as much paper as I wanted. Reading aloud facilitates the love of reading because the students are not just reading to appease their teacher and pass the class. Instead, they are creating discussions amongst their classmates and understanding that reading can be fun.
I found a website dedicated to reading aloud at www.readaloud.org which tells the importance of reading aloud to children. The one statistic from this I found interesting was that only 48% of young children are read aloud to. I believe this number should be higher and I would like to be a part of making this percentage increase.
And here’s a cartoon just because I thought it was cute: