Course: Basic Information Unit: Family and Friends Lesson: Read Me a Story

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Course: Basic Information

Unit: Family and Friends

Lesson: Read Me a Story

“I think I can. I think I can.”

-from The Little Train that Could

Regarding this Lesson: This lesson is best used for a family literacy class. The focus is on reading children’s books to children. The lesson may be repeated throughout the course of instruction with the same class of students. For repeat offerings, the instructor should choose different stories at increasingly difficult reading levels in accord with the progress of the learners.
Competency Objectives: The learner will be able to read a book to a child.
Suggested Criteria for Success: The learner will read a child’s book aloud in class.
Suggested Vocabulary: Develop a vocabulary list from the story chosen for the learner to read.
Suggested Materials: Select and print books from the Suggested Resources below. Reading levels can be chosen in accord with the reading level of the learner.
Stapler and staples, or large needles and wool, or other fasteners for assembling the books.
Colored pencils.

Suggested Resources: Reading This site is a subscription based service that includes 30 free, printable books for children. Books are leveled for reading difficulty, with 27 levels from aa through Z. Worksheets may be printed for many of the free books. On the 30 Free Books page of this website, ( click on Assemble Your Book for instructions on putting together the vertical and/or horizontal books. (Click on Tour the Site and follow through to 30 Free Books.) Learning This site has free printable books for children, levels preschool through grade three. You must be a member of this site, but membership is free at the time of this writing. Members have access to worksheets, activities, lesson plans, and clip art. Ewe Books have a reading level of second to third grade. Teaching notes, worksheets, and a fact file are included for Ewe Books. To download free printable books, you must be a member of Learning Page (see site above), but membership is free at the time of this writing.
Visit your local library for children’s books. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Look for a list of winners at the following website: or use your favorite search engine to look for Caldecott Medal. Scroll down and click on Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1938-Present.
Explore for older children and advanced language learners. Click on Storyline (red tab)at the top of the page, select a book, and let your computer read a story. Readers are members of the Screen Actors Guild. Click on Bookpals (in first paragraph) for online streaming video. Each of the books has an accompanying lesson plan and activity guide.

Suggested Methods: Art, Discussion, Group Reading, Reading Aloud, Role Play, Writing,

Some Suggested Steps
Assembling Books. Show the class how to assemble the free, printable books and permit them time to do that task. Be sure that everyone gets the page numbers in order. You can have a “check with a partner” session if arranging the pages sequentially seems to be questionable.
Ask the learners to color the cover with colored pencils. While this is in progress, discuss the picture and ask what it makes the students think the story will be about.
Pre-Reading. Use the teaching notes that are online with the books to give you ideas/approaches that you may want to include.
Look through the book with the class and ask what they think is happening based on each picture.
Reading. Read the book aloud, with the students following in their copies. Ask students to underline vocabulary words they do not know or want to discuss at the end of the reading.
Demonstration. Demonstrate how to ask for meaning and pronunciation.

“How is (spell the word) pronounced? It is on page X.”

“What does (word) mean?”

Show students how meaning can sometimes be suggested by context and pictures.

Vocabulary. Go through the vocabulary words selected by the students. Have your own list of words to discuss in case students are shy about identifying words.
Reading. Have the class read the story aloud in unison.
Role Play. Ask for a volunteer to play the parent (read the story aloud) and two volunteers to play the children. The “parent” reads the story and the “children” may be as good or bad as they wish. The “parent” must enforce one rule: all questions and comments in English!
Take turns with other class members reading the story aloud.

Let the students take the books home to read to their own children or to a small friend. The children may color the pictures inside the books after they have heard the story.
Journal Work. Ask the learners to write about how they felt when they were reading the story to their own or a friend’s child. How did the child act?

Read Me a Story

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