This critical thinking lesson is an example of an interactive read aloud that can be modified to use with grades 1–5 utilizing the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Levels II & III to promote higher levels of text discussion. Using interactive read alouds in the classroom will help elementary students become better readers and ask thought-provoking questions!
Interactive read alouds are an important component of a balanced literacy classroom. Research proves that students benefit from being read aloud to several times throughout a week. Thoughtful planning of an interactive read aloud is critical for its success. Teachers need to select a text that is both meaningful and engaging, and it is important to consider how the text will support lessons, units or themes the class is working on. Thought-provoking questions are essential to every interactive read aloud.
This week I'm sharing my read aloud activity of The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson. This picture book is a beautiful story about the confusion children experience when they witness racism or racial tensions. Jacqueline Woodson brings to light that racial discrimination trickles down to young children. The message of this story can reminds reads that we can have a future without racial prejudice and division. I use this story to teach my students that they can make the world a better place. This picture book will inspire your students and give you hope for the future!
About The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
There is a fence that separates the white side of town from the black side of town. Clover has always wondered why it was there. One day, Annie climbs over the fence and introduces herself to Clover. An unlikely friendship develops...