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Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature

The read-aloud of yesteryear was often limited in its ambition and application--a well-intended routine for getting students' attention or settling them down. But today's read-aloud is a vibrant, deliberate part of good teaching, an essential, effective strategy for introducing sophisticated ideas to young learners throughout the school day by immersing them in rich language and literate behaviors. The influence of reading aloud can be profound, and Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature shows you how to plan for and implement the read-aloud for maximum instructional effect.


Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature revolutionizes the read-aloud. Lester Laminack and Reba Wadsworth lay out six types of read-alouds, each of which targets key instructional goals, including:
* addressing standards in the curriculum
* building community in the classroom
* demonstrating the craft of writing
* enriching vocabulary
* enticing children to read independently
* modeling fluent reading.


Whether you read aloud once a day, or six times a day, Laminack and Wadsworth give you all the startegies you need to make the read-aloud a successful and effective way to lead your students to new understandings. You'll discover how, why, and when to read aloud, and find both specific suggestions for planning instruction around it and numerous ideas for entry points into it. Best of all, they provide an extensively annoted list of four hundred titles to use with each of the six types of read-aloud, including ample suggestions for how each fits within the reading and writing curriculum.


Today's read-aloud is an exciting opportunity to create new and powerful instructional moments. read Learning Under the Influence of language and Literature and make it an important part of your daily practice now.


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