Shared reading -- a concept conceived by Don Holdaway in 1979 as a way to re-create what happens when parents read aloud to their babies at home -- has evolved for classroom use through the years. Shared reading involves enlarged text whether through the use of big books, poster, or projected onto an interactive whiteboard or SMART board so that all students can see, follow along and eventually read along with the lead reader (usually the teacher).
Sharon Gill (2006) states: "Shared reading provides repeated readings of predictable texts and poems, building student’s sight-word vocabularies, fluency, and phonics knowledge during enjoyable and successful reading experiences." One benefit of shared reading is that a teacher can focus on targeted skills in a guided way. National Reading Panel results show that teaching phonics in the context of shared reading has the benefit of showing students how phonics knowledge is used in real reading.
Since shared reading is usually used with poems and/or short predictive text, it lends it's self very well with teaching onset and rime with our younger readers. Shared reading has also been recomend for use with english language learners and readers who struggle because of the guided aspect and because of the benefit of repeated readings of the text used. Children have the opportunity to interact with and behave like successful reader and teachers can demonstrate strategies usued by successful readers Sharon Gill says. (Gill & Isam, 2011)
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Gill, S. R., & Islam, C. (2011). Shared Reading Goes High-Tech. The Reading Teacher, 65(3),
Pearl Garden is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M- Commerce. Follow along as she drops "pearls' of literacy and chronicles her pursuit of her Ed. D in Supervision-Curriculum and Instruction- Elementary Education. Just know that these are the ramblings of a doc student and a lot of what you read is a first draft and will go through some rewrites.