Common Core State Standards
The Core Knowledge Foundation supports the common standards initiative. Voluntary standards are "a not-to-be-missed opportunity" for American education. —E. D. Hirsch, Jr. More…
The Teacher Handbook series for preschool to grade 5 consists of the Teacher Handbooks, Instructional Masters, Art Resources, and Text Resources. More…
Domain-based Read-aloud UnitsWord Knowledge + World Knowledge = Comprehension
Why use Read-Alouds?
Read-alouds provide an ideal vehicle for teaching content knowledge and fostering language skills.
- Listening comprehension outpaces reading comprehension through the elementary school years. Read-alouds leverage listening comprehension to expose children to both language and content.
- Written text uses more rich and complex vocabulary and syntax than the more casual language of conversations, lectures, and class discussions. Read-alouds expose children to rich vocabulary and syntax.
- A coherently sequenced set of read-alouds provides repeated opportunities for exposure to domain-specific vocabulary and a wider variety of syntax and sentence structures.
Using a domain-based unit format, content knowledge can be taught while simultaneously building listening comprehension and language skills.
Selecting Appropriate Readings
Stories and books appropriate for this read-aloud approach embody the following characteristics:
• Are written above children’s current reading level
• Deliver necessary content
• Use domain and rich vocabulary
• Appropriate level of complexity
• Illustrations/diagrams assist in delivering content
• Appropriate length
• Factually accurate
• Appropriate content for age of students
• Sensitive to diversity
Use the Read-Aloud Checklist to evaluate the quality of texts.