About This Teaching Strategy
This teaching strategy has been adapted for use in UK classrooms from our Common Core-Aligned Writing Prompts supplements.
Hearing paragraphs and essays read aloud can be a helpful step in the editing process because it allows students to notice things that they may miss when reading their writing silently to themselves. It also gives students the chance to offer feedback on another’s work. Reading an essay aloud with a peer can, therefore, help students redraft their work, whilst also developing their ability to give and receive constructive criticism.
As with all reading and writing tasks, students benefit from seeing models so they understand the procedure and have an opportunity to ask questions. Thus, before students practise this strategy with their own writing, we recommend that you model the process with a sample piece of writing. Read aloud a sample paragraph at an appropriate speed so that the listener can process the information and frame revision suggestions in a positive manner that uses the terms students have been learning: inference, claim, evidence, and analysis.