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Reading aloud to your students at any level can-

  •  provide valuable modeling
  • assist students with vocabulary development
  • provide opportunities to share different genre
  • assist in reinforcing comprehension skills and strategies
  • provide opportunities to develop audience skills
  • help to develop a sense of story and
  • promote the enjoyment of reading. 

Lucy Calkin has a rich professional article on the benefits of Reading Aloud in your classroom.  This article was found using EBSCO. If you are viewing this website from other than a school site please go to EBSCO first, put in your password and ID and then using ERIC and the Professional Development collections search for Lucy Calkin.

During your next read aloud try this mini-lesson that focuses on visualizing and features of text (cover design and features). 

Attach a  paper to the cover of the book you are going to read to your students so that they will not be able to see the book cover. Decide in advance if you will have students design just the front cover, just the back, both, or if students will work with a partner and each design a part of the cover.

Have students predict what they might see on any book cover (jacket).  Post this list.

Read the story and then have students create their own book covers for this book. Covers should reflect student text visualizations. Students should refer to the list of items posted prior to designing  their own book covers.

Students can be given a rubric based on the list prior to starting their book covers. This will help to guide students as they create and to know the expectations that you have for the product.

A variety of software programs would work for this purpose.  Try Publisher or Appleworks as they provide templates which may be helpful to students as they create their own book covers.

Display the  book covers virtually in a folder on your computer, on your class website or print off and display in your classroom. 

Then, unveil the original book cover and have students compare their cover design to the cover created by the publishing company.


Publisher Tutorial

Appleworks Tutorial


This site was last updated on 02/09/10.

Sue Taylor-Foley, Coordinator of Assessment and Technology, South Shore Regional School Board, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada

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