January 20, 2010

Reading Aloud: Not Just for Elementary

Here's a great piece on reading aloud to teens by the wonderful Mary Ann Zehr of the Learning the Language blog.

There's this mistaken notion that you shouldn't read out loud to anyone past elementary school or they "won't read on their own."

Phooey on that, I say.

There are many ways and reasons to interact with texts and sometimes reading out loud is the perfect choice. You have read The Read-Aloud Handbook? Jim Trelease was great at admonishing parents to not stop reading out loud to their kids until the kids moved out.

Heck, I like being read to from time to time. Why should it be different for anyone just because they've learned how to read?