How to Implement the Choral Reading Teaching Strategy in Your Classroom
Choral reading is reading aloud in unison with a whole class or group of learners. Choral reading helps build learners’ fluency, self-confidence, and motivation. Because learners are reading aloud together, learners who may ordinarily feel self-conscious or nervous about reading aloud have built-in support.
- Select a book or passage that is not too long and at an appropriate reading level for most learners.
- Provide each learner a copy of the content.
- Read the content aloud and model fluent reading for the learners. Describe why you chose to read as you did. For instance, point out punctuation marks or bold print that give you clues about emphasis.
- After modeling, ask learners to read aloud with you. Please encourage them to follow along utilizing a marker or finger with the content as they read. Practice reading together several times.
- You can differentiate the choral reading experience by chorally reading only the sections of the content or divide the class in half and assign each group a section to read aloud.