TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK
include print and e-book editions, with links to Web pages
See also Read-Aloud Handbook: Frequently Asked Questions
- After decades of testing, reading scores rose one point.
- One family's "special" tutoring in reading.
- The rise of testing and the death of "playtime."
- Are you suggesting this reading stuff is the job of the parent? I thought it was the school's job.
- One welfare mother and her Pultizer-winning son.
- Can We Really Change Families and Homes in America?
- Will this book help me teach my child to read?
- I own a previous edition. How is this edition different from previous ones?
- How did a parent come to write this book instead of a professor?
- How do I convince my husband he should be doing this with our children?
- Is reading still important in a video age?
- Considering today's economy and rising costs, is college worth the money?
CHAPTER ONE: Why read aloud?
- Where have all the readers gone?
- Aren't kids reading when they're checking facebook, checking tweets, or online?
- How do we fix the reading problem?
- How can something as simple as reading to a child be so effective?
- Which country has the best readers?
- Do Finnish children start reading classes sooner?
- What do the best readers have in common?
- Where does phonics fit into all this?
- Is there any read-aloud proof in research?
- What is "background knowledge"?
- What are the skills a child needs for kindergarten?
- How is it that some kids get a head start on vocabulary?
- Where is the better vocabulary: conversation or reading?
- How can I give my kid words if I don't have them?
- Has anyone ever applied reading aloud and SSR to an at-risk school?
- Who has the time these days?
- The last word on reading aloud, vocabulary, and old brains
CHAPTER TWO: When to begin (and stop) read-aloud?
- How old must a child be before you start reading to him?”
- Is “in utero learning” a myth?
- What about reading aloud to children with special needs?
- What could you expect if you started reading to a child on day one?
- What if my child prefers to read on her own?
- Can you recommend something that will teach my child to read before kindergarten?
- How is my child’s reading going to get better if I’m doing the reading?
- How can I expand my child’s attention span?
- Is there something I could buy that would help my child read better?
- At what age should I stop reading to my child?
- Would reading aloud to them help children with grammar?
- How do we improve the basics like writing and spelling?
- Is it ever too late to start reading to a child?
- How does this fit with the calls for higher national standards?
- Educating the heart, not just the IQ.
CHAPTER THREE: Stages of read-aloud
- What can you read to a new-born?
- Which books are best for infants?
- What is normal behavior of the infant or toddler during readings?
- What comes after mother goose?
- Why do they want the same book read over and over? And what’s with all the questions they ask?
- What about vocabulary words the child or class might not know?
- How can illiterate or semiliterate parents read to
- If we have only a small amount of time for read-aloud, how do we incorporate discussion?
- What kind of read-alouds should we expect in preschool?
- Is there a natural transition from picture book to novel?
- At what age can you begin chapter books?
- Could you read chapter books at preschool level?
- At what age do you stop the picture books?
- Are there pitfalls to avoid in choosing long novels?
- What makes a good read-aloud?
- When it’s obvious you’ve made a poor choice of a book, is it okay to abandon it and move on?
- Do children have to follow along in a book as you read aloud?
- Shouldn’t there be a test to see if the class is truly learning from read-aloud?
CHAPTER FOUR: The Do's and Don'ts of read-aloud
- Reading behavior to enhance the read-aloud experience
- Behavior to avoid when reading aloud to children
CHAPTER FIVE: Sustained Silent Reading—reading aloud's silent partner
- What is SSR and does it work?
- Didn’t the national reading panel (NRP) condemn SSR or independent reading?
- As an adult I don’t hate to read but I don’t do it very much. Maybe kids are the same way. Why?
- When does SSR become effective?
- What would cause SSR to fail?
- What about summer-school reading programs?
- Will SSR work in the home as well?
- Won’t requiring children to read eventually turn them off?
- What about those computerized “reading incentive” programs?
- Are there any other negatives associated with these computerized programs?
- My daughter is very much into magazines. Do they count?
- How can reading a newspaper or magazine make you smarter?
- How do I stop them from reading “junk” during SSR?
- My son loves comic books—is that good or bad?
- If adults are supposed to be role models, how much should teachers read?
- How can we tell if SSR readers have actually read the book?
- How did Oprah do it so successfully?
- Librarians and parents as “Oprahs”
CHAPTER SIX: The Print Climate in the Home, School, and Library
- The print climate in the home, school, and library
- The similarity between rodeo scores and reading scores
- The amount of print in the home and reading scores
- Print climate in three diverse california communities
- The print climate in 20 massachusetts first-grade classes
- What if you gave at-risk students free books at the book fair”
Would there be higher scores at the end of a summer?
- How many books should be in the home library?
- Does the disappearance of newspapers in the home have an impact?
- If libraries are so important, why are they the first to get cut in hard times?
- The “book-burning” library campaign that won
- How Los Angeles tortured its school librarians
- What do you do about the bad-grammar in books like the Junie B. Jones series,
to say nothing of her misbehavior?
- How do I make my school library more successful on a limited budget?
- Where doI get the library shelf space for face-out books? (rain gutter shelving)
- Why are children so enchanted by ‘series books’? Shouldn’t they be reading the classics?
- With the Internet and e-books, who needs a library?
- What about e-books for the very young?
- What is the role of the librarian in the coming digital world?
- The school library that went all-digital
- The “tree octopus” internet study
- How accurate is the Internet’s Wikipedia versus a real encyclopedia?
- Librarians as “crap detectors”
CHAPTER SEVEN: Digital Learning: Good news and Bad
- e-book advantages in learning
- e-book liabilities
- Learning online: gaining or draining?
- The Duke Uuniversity "iPod learning" experiment
- Cautionary words from the doomsayers
- Wiring the school will not hasten maturity
- Educational software companies regularly either overpromise or lie about their products
- Multitasking diminishes achievement.
- Constant connectedness undercuts thinking and creativity
- Hyperlinked text (online reading) impedes understanding
- The torrential force of information and diversions facing the Internet reader overwhelms the brain
- Readers remember less from screen reading than from paper
- Studies show only about 18 percent of a Web page is actually read, with page view lasting 10 seconds
- E-book reading may go the route of the microwave—not for whole meals
CHAPTER EIGHT: TV and Audio: Hurting or Helping Literacy?
- Cultural positives about television
- Sonya Carson’s family TV-rule and what it produced
- What is so wrong with television?
- Is there an amount of TV that is not harmful to children?
- How do you manage a family’s viewing?
- Don’t kids need the entertainment break that electronic media offer?
- What about the mechanical reading tutor (TV closed-captioning)?
- Do audiobooks count as reading
CHAPTER NINE: Dad—What's the Score?
- The male reading problem in America
- The gender gap in the classroom
- Sea changes in the male world
- Mothers’ value systems vs. dads’
- The endemic sports mindset
- Getting dads more involved
- Suggested books for dads and family
CHAPTER TEN: A Hyper Kid's Road to Reading
- How a father, a five-cent book, secrets stuff, and one young teacher led to this book
- Dad preferred to read aloud the evening newspaper
- Making his first book purchase on the library discard table
- First grade was a mite crowded—94 kids
- Sports competition opens another door to reading
- The millionaire’s toy-magazine scores
- Fort Leavenworth prison offers up its “secrets”
- A teacher’s vote of confidence in a teen reader-writer
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