I frequently get asked, “How is shared reading different from a readaloud?”
And that’s definitely a valid question! In both reading activities, we share and discuss a text with students.
However, these two activities look a bit different from each other, and we typically have different purposes for using them. So in today’s quick post, I’ll explain the differences between shared reading and a readaloud!
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In a nutshell, during a readaloud, you read a book TO students, and during shared reading, you read WITH students.
We typically use more challenging texts for readalouds (great for teaching vocabulary and working on higher level thinking skills). For shared reading, we choose books that are a bit closer to students’ reading levels (because they are actively participating, reading along with you, finding words in the text, etc.).
If you’re thinking about the gradual release of responsibility, a readaloud is more teacher-driven and involves more teacher modeling, and shared reading requires more active involvement of students.
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Burkins, J., & Yaris, K. (2016). Who’s Doing the Work? How To Say Less So Readers Can Do More. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.
Fountas, I., & Pinnell, G. S. (2016). The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum: Expanded Edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Parkes, B. (2000). Read it again!: Revisiting shared reading. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.