Teachers use the interactive read-aloud procedure as they read aloud books that are developmentally appropriate but often written above students' reading levels. As they read, teachers engage students so that they become active participants as they make predictions, repeat refrains, ask questions, identify big ideas, and so forth. When teachers read aloud, they model what good readers do and how good readers use reading strategies. Reading aloud also provides an opportunity for teachers to think aloud about their use of reading strategies.
Read-alouds are an important component of literacy instruction at ALL grade levels, not just for young children. Teachers read books aloud during literature focus units, reading and writing workshop, and thematic units. There are many benefits of reading aloud; introducing vocabulary, modeling comprehension strategies, and increasing students' motivation.