Types of Reading Practices

Types of Reading Practices

Read Alouds:  Adult reads the text aloud.  This can be used when the text is too difficult for a child or when the background needs to be developed.  An added bonus is that this can be used as fun and special time together.

Shared Readings: 
Adult reads the text aloud and invites the child to read along when they can.  This can be used when students need a great deal of support.


Choral reading: Groups of friends or siblings orally reading one text together.

Novice Paired Reading: A fluent reader reads with a child who is having difficulty.  The adult reading a chosen passage to the child and then the two read the passage several times in unison.

Echo Reading: The adult will read aloud a section of a text and then the students repeat the section as they point to the words they are reading.

Guided Reading
– Adult talks, coaches and walks student through sections of text with questions and student predictions.  The adult provides support and variety in the reading process without actually doing the reading for the student.

Advanced Paired Reading –
Student reads with a partner or partners, either orally or silently.  Only little or no support is needed.  Partners help each other with understanding and vocabulary.  Can be used for fun.

Independent Reading
– Student reads text alone without support, usually silently.  Little difficulty is found with text and comprehension