Shared Reading is a type of focus lesson in which either enlarged print is utilized, or all students have the text to "share" the reading process with a group of students. The teacher uses this time, explicitly modeling reading strategies and skills that the students need to learn. The responsibility for reading is "shared" between the teacher and the students, although the teacher reads most of the text.
Why is it important:
- Shared Reading offers a context in which a teacher can demonstrate reading strategies as students are engaged in the process of reading a meaningful text while gathered on a carpet near the teacher.
- The entire class reads a common text with larger print for all students to see.
- The process of shared reading has a research base with objectives supporting a balanced literacy curriculum.