An important, interactive classroom routine through which the teacher reads out a story out loud to their students. Students may be passive while they listen, or engaged by following along and answering periodic questions.
Read Aloud
Dramatic representation of a story by readers. A form of dramatic presentation through which readers develop fluency.
Reader’s Theater
An enjoyable social activity in which students read a selection with a classmate, often serves as a chance to help one another.
Buddy Reading
Students meet in small groups to read and respond to books. There are roles for each student to take on: discussion director, passage master, word wizard, connector, summarizer, illustrator, and investigator.
Literature Circle
The most meaningful way to do this is to actively involve the students in manipulating words- posters, clusters, dramatization, sorts, chains.
Word Study
The sequence of events in a story. Contains a beginning/introduction, middle/development, and an end/resolution.
Plot
The most important element in a story. People or animals who are personified. They are developed through appearance, dialogue, action, and monologue.
Characters
When and where a story takes place. Consider location, time period, time of day, and weather.
Setting
The medium through which a story is being told. Who tells the story? First person- The author uses “I”. Omniscent- the author takes on Godlike qualities through which he/she is all-knowing. Limited omniscient- the story is told in third person, the reader knows the thoughts of one person. Objective- The readers are able to witness the entire scene in a story.
Point of View
A form of organizing information on web-like diagrams. A central idea is shown on the middle, and details are scattered around that idea.
Cluster
Created to examine information learned on a topic through six dimensions, or perspectives: description, comparison, association, analysis, application, and argumentation.
Cube
Students are able to write and draw their thoughts and feelings about what they are reading in this form of documentation.
Learning Log
Form of writing, such as a story, letter, poem, report, or journal.
Genre
Account of a person’s life written by someone else.
Biography
Life story written by that certain person. This type of book gives insight into that person’s life from their viewpoint.
Autobiography

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