Narrating Read-Alouds?

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  • laurensheridan11

    Hi, we are slowly introducing the narration thing; I wasn’t sure if our rich literature Read-Alouds should be narrated. Is that purely for enjoyment or is narration expected after each chapter?

    Karen Smith

    It’s your choice whether or not you want your children to narrate literature. We (SCM) generally don’t have the students narrate literature or historical fiction. We want children to enjoy literature without the requirement of narration, which can sometimes take the joy out of reading. For historical fiction, we don’t want children to mix up what is fiction and what is historical fact, so we only require narration on non-fiction history books.

    In regards to literature, high school students can be required to narrate literature or have a book discussion. We currently have two literature discussion guides available for high school literature in our Great Book Discussions series: Ivanhoe and Jane Eyre.

    mr. JJ8

    I know this post is a little old, but narration after each chapter of your rich literature Read-Alouds can be a valuable and enjoyable practice. It helps with comprehension, memory, and the development of language skills. However, it’s not always necessary to narrate after every chapter. You can mix it up by narrating after particularly significant chapters or when you feel it would enhance the learning experience. The key is to strike a balance that encourages engagement and understanding without making it feel overly burdensome. Enjoy your reading journey!

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