A Curriculum Staple: Reading Aloud to Teens

(School Library Journal) Every year, Beth Aviv, a high school English teacher in Westchester County, NY, asks her students, “How many of you were read to by a parent when you were little?” Last year, only a quarter of the class raised their hands. Aviv discovered these students were starved for storytelling. Young people often listen at a higher comprehension level than they read, according to Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook (Penguin, 1982), a best seller with more than two million copies sold, and now in its seventh edition. While some educators may view reading aloud as a step backward pedagogically, or not the most productive use of class time, reading aloud can advance teens’ listening and literacy skills by piquing their interest in new and/or rigorous material. “This generation wasn’t read to the way we were,” says Aviv. But it’s never too late to reverse this trend. Read More

Publication:      School Library Journal
Author:             Jess deCourcy Hinds
Publish Date:   11.25.2015