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Shared Reading Videos from literacy experts.

  1. Shared Reading Webinar Part 1: Good First Teaching for All Pre-K, K, and 1st grade Readers, Using Lift Off to Literacy™ (Video 1 of 3)

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch in this part 1 of the Shared Reading Webinar Series. Here she focuses on the intention behind the Shared Reading Approach, the purpose of Shared Reading in rich thinking and talking curriculum, the role of repeated readings, what to consider when choosing texts for engaging and thoughtful Shared Reading and how to design lessons to develop comprehension, reading behaviors, foundational skills, and strategies.

  2. Shared Reading Webinar Part 2: Extending Shared Reading Through Revisits to Text (Video 2 of 3)

    In this part 2 of the Shared Reading Webinar Series Debra focuses on the kinds of instruction that occurs once the text has become familiar to students, what happens after reading the shared reading book, what opportunities for learning the book offers, extending oral language and comprehension through discussions and exploring how words work and how to determine the appropriate teaching points.

  3. Shared Reading Webinar Part 3: Extending Shared Reading for Emergent and Early Readers Through Writing, Using Lift Off to Literacy™ (Video 3 of 3)

    Watch as Debra focuses on extending Shared Reading for Emergent and Early Readers. In this final part of the Shared Reading Webinar Series, she discusses how to bridge reading and writing instruction using Shared Reading texts, what happens after we read the shared reading book, what opportunities for learning through writing the book offers, how we can support students to apply foundational skills through writing and how we can determine appropriate teaching points within shared and modeled writing?

  4. Starting a New Shared Reading Book with Kindergartners (Video 1 of 7)

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch as she shares a big book with a San Diego Kindergarten class. This introductory session focuses on meaning and cognition of Which Pet is Best?

    Watch how Debra models her thinking about how the book works.

    Most conversation happens as whole-group discussion until the turn-and-talk at the end of the book.

  5. Deepening Meaning: Returning to the Book with Kindergartners (Video 2 of 7)

    This follow-up reading's focus is on deepening meaning of the book. Debra again models her thinking and invites students to turn-and-talk several times during their second reading of Which Pet is Best?

    Students join in reading the text aloud with the teacher as they choose.

    Debra uses a pointer to track the print by moving fluidly under the text, as all students in the class have a one-to-one match established.


  6. Building Vocabulary During Shared Reading with Kindergartners (Video 3 of 7)

    In this installment with Debra Crouch, she and her students revisit the text to focus on vocabulary —specifically, describing words. Students discuss numerous describing words in the book.

    With each word discussed, Debra reads the sentence on the page to establish meaning, discusses the meaning of the vocabulary word, and then rereads the sentence to put the word back into context. Students join in reading the text aloud with her as they choose.


  7. Word Study: Returning to the Shared Reading Text (Video 4 of 7)

    Before the video begins, Debra had students draw and write a response to the book: write about a pet you think is best. After collecting the students’ writing, Debra examined their writing to determine an appropriate teaching focus for word study.

    Debra determined that the word study focus would be to encourage students to ask themselves, “Does the word look right?” after they write a word. Several children had or could have used the word “because” in their writing. So this became the example word for their new strategy.

  8. Modeled Writing with Shared Reading for Kindergartners (Video 5 of 7)

    This modeled writing experience gives children an opportunity to hear a writer decide what to write about, how to say the ideas to be written and to notice strategies and conventions for getting an idea onto paper.

    Literacy consultant Debra Crouch writes about a topic the students had already written about: the best pet. After discussing the topic with students, Debra discusses different ways to begin the opinion piece and that the piece needs to include reasons to support thinking. She emphasizes rereading to check your writing and maintain meaning.


  9. Extend Oral Language with Kindergartners (Video 6 of 7)

    This lesson happened just before the first reading of Which Pet is Best? The book had been used in several reading sessions the previous week. In this session, several pages, not the entire book, are used as a warm-up at the beginning of shared reading time to extend oral language. Students join in the reading as they choose. The language focus is on continuing to use positional words. The vocabulary of “lumberjack” was used by students during the previous week and, as it was a known word, we used that word.

  10. Extending Oral Language, Small Group Kindergarten (Video 7 of 7)

    Watch as the teacher leads a reading lesson with a small group of kindergarten children.

    The teacher invites each child to look at the pictures in the book and asks the child open questions about the story. Most of all, the teacher prompts the child to use their own words. She also asks the children questions starting with "which" and "where" to encourage the flow of communication. The teacher encourages the children to "add into the thinking" while supporting their ideas and concepts.

    As a result, the child displays a curious interest and communicates their thoughts about the book with the group.

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