Choral reading (for ECE)
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  • 1. CHORALREADING
  • 2. TitleChoral reading is reading aloudin unison with a whole class orgroup of students. It helps buildstudents fluency, self-confidence, vocabularyknowledge, motivation, andenjoyment of literature.Because students are reading
  • 3. Types of choral reading (adapted from The FluentReader by Timothy Rasinski)
  • 4. ANTIPHONAL 1. Divide the group into groups and assign parts of the text to each group. 2. Give students an opportunity to practice how they will read before bringing them back together to chorally read together.
  • 5. DIALOGUE1. Select a text that containsdifferent speaking parts.2. Assign the part of thenarrator to one group andeach character to othergroups.
  • 6. CUMULATIVE CHORAL READING The number of students reading gradually builds as the text is read. An individual or small group reads the first line or section of a passage, and then they are joined by another group.
  • 7. CUMULATIVE CHORAL READING By the end of the passage, the whole group is reading. (This can also be done in reverse, starting with whole group and ending with just one person or group.)
  • 8. IMPROMPTU CHORAL READING As a text is read, students join in or fade out as they choose. Some students may choose to highlight certain words or sections of the text, read every other line, or the whole selection.
  • 9. IMPROMPTU CHORAL READING Students choose ahead of time what section(s) of the text they will read. (If no one selects a section, someone usually jumps in!)
  • 10. ARRANGEMENTS
  • 11. Echo ReadingThe leader reads each line, thegroup then repeats the line just read.
  • 12. Leader and Chorus ReadingThe leader reads the main part of the poem, and the group reads the refrain or chorus in unison.
  • 13. Small Group ReadingThe class divides into two ormore groups and each groupreads one part of the poem.
  • 14. Cumulative ReadingOne student or group reads the first line or stanza and thenanother student/group joins in as each line is read.
  • 15. Why use choral reading?• It can provide less skilled readers the opportunity to practice and receive support before being required to read on their own.• It provides a model for fluent reading as students listen.• It helps improve the ability to read sight words.
  • 16. How to use choral reading1. Choose a book or passage that works well for reading aloud as a group:• patterned or predictable (for beginning readers)• not too long; and• is at the independent reading level of most students
  • 17. How to use choral reading2. Provide each student a copy of the textso they may follow along. (Note: You maywish to use an overhead projector or placestudents at a computer monitor with thetext on the screen)
  • 18. How to use choral reading3. Read the passage or story aloud andmodel fluent reading for the students.4. Ask the students to use a marker orfinger to follow along with the text as theyread.
  • 19. How to use choral reading5. Reread the passage and have allstudents in the group read the story orpassage aloud in unison.
  • 20. How Choral Reading Can Foster Fluency in Struggling Readers • Choral reading provides support for students who may ordinarily feel self-conscious or nervous about reading aloud in class. • Choral reading may provide the support necessary to encourage struggling readers to take risks and build their confidence.
  • 21. Choosing Texts for Choral Reading Almost any text can be read chorally. Shorter texts with rhythm and distinct parts often work best. Using community texts can help build school spirit, classroom community, or civic consciousness.
  • 22. ABOVE THE BRIGHT BLUE SKY Albert Midlane Theres a Friend for little children Above the bright blue sky, A Friend who never changes Whose love will never die; Our earthly friends may fail us, And change with changing years, This Friend is always worthy Of that dear name he bears. Theres a home for little children Above the bright blue sky, Where Jesus reigns in glory, A home of peace and joy; No home on earth is like it, Nor can with it compare; And everyone is happy, Nor could be happier there.
  • 23. ABOVE THE BRIGHT BLUE SKY Albert Midlane Theres a Friend for little children Above the bright blue sky, A Friend who never changes Whose love will never die; Our earthly friends may fail us, And change with changing years, This Friend is always worthy Of that dear name he bears. Theres a home for little children Above the bright blue sky, Where Jesus reigns in glory, A home of peace and joy; No home on earth is like it, Nor can with it compare; And everyone is happy, Nor could be happier there.