Dialogic Reading–a strategy to promote reading vocabulary and comprehension

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!

Here is a great handout with examples of questioning techniques from http://www.ala.org:

Picture Book Reading

Here is an example of how it used in the classroom:

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