Interactive Read Aloud

Reading the module two rehgarding the support of interactive read -aloud had me eager to get into the classroom. This article is truly a must read for any teacher or future teacher. The article stood out to me for many reasons. In the article is stated that the goal of interactive read-aloud are to expose students to a wide variety of texts, model fluent reading and meaning-making strategies, encourage discourse to facilitate understanding, lift the level of students thinking and demonstrate behaviors students will be able to use independently in text. This state that holds to the sole purpose of interactive read aloud is amazing. It stood out to me because I didn’t know the true value that it held. This article gave me great understanding knowledge that I will hold for my entire career. The article gave examples of how it is important to demonstrate a teachers thinking a few times before asking students to share their thinking with the group. The importance of knowing your students knowledge is having understanding of your students capability. Ms.Jones showed great understanding and gave many strategies to support her students and I plan to do the same and plan to remember the insight this article gave to me.


Interactive mini lesson plan

Here is my lesson plan

Natalie Caldwell 


Grade level : 4th grade 

Time duration : 20 min 

Identifying the theme in a text 

Materials :Finding Nemo , white board, dry erase marker black and red 

Good morning class for the last two days  we went over finding evidence in text. Along with what is a theme. 

Today I want to teach you how to use evidence to determine the theme in a text. 

First we will write down a few topics from the book we read Nemo.

Teacher ( will ask the students to name a few topics allow all student to contribute to this creating active engagement  ) reminding students that for every topic they have to have text to back up why the chose the topic.

 Teacher will write the topics on the white board 

  1. love 
  2. family
  3. Danger 
  4. Trust 
  5. Security 

Now we will write a sentence based off one of the topics. 

Ex. TRUST ! The author believes that a person needs to learn how to trust themselves and others. 

Teacher 😦 instructs one student to go to the board and use a different color dry erase marker and  cross out the author )

Teacher : then write  A person believes that a person needs to learn to trust themselves and others. ( revise the sentence ) 

Teacher: will explain to students that it is very important not to use characters name. When identifying a theme. 

 Congrats Class that is a theme ! 

Now have students break off into small groups to pick another topic and remind them using prior knowledge and with finding text evidence give another theme from the book finding Nemo. 

Have each group participate in writing the theme they discovered on the board. 

Theories of meaning Making

Lessons from Sociocultural Writing Research

Reading this article gave me a wider thinking of the importance of writing and understanding that it is a form of language that gives the students a voice. However the common core state standards seem to overlook how much culture plays a role in students writing. It is a true cultural piece in writing and I believe until balance is found students will continue to struggle with writing. Dealing with some black students particularly the students from low income it seems writing can feel like weights on their hands in the eyes of a teacher but to that student there is nothing truly wrong and it brings distance and self esteem issues to the student. The distance is brought because it seems as if the teacher doesn’t have an understanding for that students voice on paper. This article brought questions to me of how much are we preparing the students for success. Bringing realization that dealing with students from different cultural backgrounds that bring poor grammar and sometimes english isn’t a language they are comfortable in the student will struggle to properly write. As a student myself by the time i was 14 years old i was in a trade school and I sat in a writing class and it was very clear of my cultural background. To this very moment I remember asking my teacher why do my peers use different terms than me and the advice being read more books. As a future teacher I have a better understanding that how children speak and write starts at home and spills over to the students’ writing and ability to explain themselves.

Reading Thinking Global was truly an eye opener and some what a reminder of what I learned in previous classes that even I had to share with my daughter. The lack of resources in Africa these students and teachers have is truly sad. I also found it strange that teachers only show up to 40 percent of the time. How can one expect students to read and write if the teacher doesn’t have the drive to teach. Growing up in school feeling safe and having a healthy learning environment is critical to a students’ learning experience. Even as adults it is hard to go on day to day living if we are experiencing things mentally. For the students to be eager to learn is amazing but when dealing with students with trauma you have to have an understanding that affect the students learning and understanding.

Critical Race Theory

This video spoke on what I believe that many people are afraid to speak on. That you can’t delete race from the theory and that this is a change in education. It is a huge achievement gap with children of different races. Many times teachers and society experience a huge achievement gap in students from middle class to lower class. Middle class students are found more likely to speak proper english versus low income students aren’t. Race plays a huge role in this and it is truly something that can’t be left out. This video explains Critical race theory being about class power and economics. My personal take on this video is this is a change in education and when trying to not see color it leaves barriers.