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On-Your-Feet Guide: Planning Ramped-Up Read Alouds

On-Your-Feet Guide: Planning Ramped-Up Read Alouds

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6 pages | Corwin

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Whether you teach preschool or high school, reading aloud is an essential teaching practice that boosts learners’ literacy skills and helps to create and sustain a vibrant community of engaged learners.

 But a successful read aloud experience doesn’t simply happen. It requires some forethought, planning, and insight into your learners. Maria Walther shows you how to get the most out of read alouds – plus, she offers a bonus online lesson based on a popular children’s book. 

This On-Your-Feet Guide will help teachers:

  •  Plan a read-aloud experience that promotes the joy of reading AND reinforces important skills
  • Select the right books, focusing on key vocabulary and considering learning targets, as well as honoring and reflecting the students in your classroom
  • Engage in a comprehension conversation using effective questioning techniques that spare conversation and deep thinking 
  •  Troubleshoot with specific strategies to overcome common hiccups

 Use this guide to get kids excited about reading!


On-Your-Feet Guides (OYFGs) provide you with the ultimate “cheat sheet” to implement effective change in your classroom while in the moment of teaching. Designed for accessibility, and providing step-by-step guidance, the OYFGs are written by experts who take research-based practices and make them doable for the busy teacher.

Each On-Your-Feet Guide is laminated, 8.5”x11” tri-fold (6 pages), and 3-hole punched.

 Use the On-Your-Feet Guides

  • When you know the “what” but need help with the “how”
  • As a quick reference to support a practice you learned in a PD workshop or book
  • To learn how to implement foundational practices
  • When you want to help your students learn a specific strategy, routine, or approach, but aren’t sure how to do it yourself


Maria P. Walther

Maria Walther is a first-grade teacher in Aurora, IL. She’s been spending her days with children since 1986. Along with teaching young learners, Maria inspires other professionals by sharing her knowledge at local, state, and national conferences. The ideas she shares reflect her continued commitment to teaching, researching, writing, and collaborating with her colleagues. Maria earned a doctorate at Northern Illinois University in 1998 was recently named The Outstanding Literacy Alumni by the Department of Literacy Education for professionalism, service, and career success. Maria has been a longtime advocate for reading aloud. She... More About Author