Due to its lively and inspirational nature, shared reading can sometimes be perceived as a starter activity or “just for fun.” But as the step before guided reading, shared reading plays a critical role. It sets the stage for the focused, small-group instruction and practice yet to come.
Key Links Literacy Shared Readers act as a powerful vehicle that reinforce foundational skills and allow the rhythm of language to be caught, not taught.
- ThinkLinks™ prompts in every book for every day of the week.
- A 5-day lesson plan with a different instructional focus each day to keep whole-group instruction fresh.
- Bright, humorous illustrations.
- Rhyming, rhythmical language—students can’t help but join in!
- Repetitive, predictable text structure.
How it works
By marrying rhythmical, rhyming text with rigorous, higher-order discussion, teachers and students take shared reading time further. Fast-paced lessons engage, energize, and light the fire for reading.
Rhythmical, Musical Chunks of Language
In every Key Links Literacy Shared Reader, the rhythmical text reinforces letter-sound concepts and grade-level vocabulary. Rhythmic, rhyming, repetitive text activates the brain and creates connections for memory.
ThinkLinks™ Panels provide instructional prompts and higher-order questions that help teachers determine what to touch on lightly and what to dive into more deeply. Higher-order, thought-provoking questions are posed frequently and throughout each story.
Special illustrative texts bring the words and story to life! Key Links Literacy's expressive texts develop a sense of community in the classroom and convey a message about the joys of reading.
Disclaimer: Silly voices and wild hand gestures not included, but highly recommended.
Daily, repeated readings create confidence and provide essential reading practice.
- Day 1: Comprehension The teacher reads the book aloud to students for enjoyment.
- Day 2: Extending Vocabulary Students join in the reading and focus on important words.
- Day 3: Fluency Students attend to print conventions and special aspects of the page that influence how the reading sounds.
- Day 4: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Word Study The whole class reads the text aloud with the teacher and then discusses important word parts.
- Day 5: Response Students respond to the text through retellings, dramas, creative continuations, paintings, drawings, and collaborative books.
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