Student-Centered Language Arts, K-12 is considered the seminal text on teaching English/Language Arts. In the book, which was originally published in 1968, author James Moffett encourages teachers to read aloud to students but to make sure the students are reading along. I implemented this strategy in my own classroom with Lord of the Flies and my students were quickly begging me to read aloud to them.
Students are starved for storytelling, or so discovered English teacher Beth Aviv when she discovered only a quarter of her students were read to as a child. This article in the School Library Journal makes a solid case for the classroom activity.
The "Round Robin" read-aloud activity can be alienating to poor readers. When called upon to read, those students can feel intimidated and actually suffer in their reading comprehension as a result. Here, Edutopia offers 11 alternatives to the stigmatizing activity, leaving empowered readers in its stead.