I just took a workshop this morning about Dialogic Reading. This was so fascinating to me–as soon as I could I wanted to look up more research on this approach.
Basically, Dialogic Reading is simply a strategy to increase vocabulary and comprehension with early readers (primarily preschool aged students). Dialogic Reading is simply a systematic approach to interactively reading with students. Many of these techniques most of us educators instinctively use, such as story recall questions or connecting the text to something real-life, etc. However, I’ve never really thought of putting all of these techniques together when preparing lessons. I just had a complete “Aha!” moment in this workshop today. When selecting read alouds for students, I should brainstorm questions to ask students, and I should really identify key vocabulary and consider the overall objective for using the book.
Here are some great resources, check them out!
- Reading Rockets has this great article about Dialogic Reading: Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read to Preschoolers
- Dialogic Reading the Importance of Reading Interactively with Children
- Linking Literacy and Language with Social and Emotional Learning
Here is a great handout with examples of questioning techniques from http://www.ala.org:
Here is an example of how it used in the classroom: