[RFHF] Dialogic Reading: a new review shows it really works!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Jul 13 12:16:02 PDT 2011

Hello!  I just received information on a new review of experimentally-evaluated early literacy programs.  Unfortunately Every Child Ready to Read was not one of the program included in this new review, however one component of the curriculum was-dialogic reading!

Don't have time to read the full review?  Here are the most important excerpts from the review about dialogic reading:

*         "Out of three programs/intervention strategies aimed at improving verbal fluency and auditory comprehension... [the] one program that used dialogic reading techniques was found to positively impact verbal fluency."

*         "Dialogic Reading: An interactive method of reading picture books where adults encourage children to be involved in reading by asking [open-ended] questions and allowing children opportunities to be storytellers."

Don't have your dialogic reading materials at your finger tips to use with your families right now?  Here they are:

*         Get the materials online here: http://www.childtrends.org/Files//Child_Trends-2011_06_10_FS_WWLanguage.pdf<http://www.childtrends.org/Files/Child_Trends-2011_06_10_FS_WWLanguage.pdf>

o   Scroll down to pages 10-17 to print out parent handouts on dialogic reading and lists of picture books good for dialogic reading.

o   Scroll down to pages 67- 76 for the presentation materials on dialogic reading.

*         Find them in your RFHF binder:  'Dialogic Reading: I Can Read! - Parent Education Session # 7'  (Cohorts 5-12, this is in your periwinkle binder)

How do you do dialogic reading during story time or while reading with a child during a home visit?  Here are a few ideas:

*         Home visits:  While reading a book, ask the child 2-3 questions like:  What is this (point to picture)? How do you think this character feels? What is this character doing? Follow the child's lead if they want to talk more about the book or ask questions of their own.

*         Story times: Only ask 1-2 questions per book-the more questions you ask, the greater risk of losing control. Ask questions that have multiple answers before or after reading the book like ' What do you think this book is going to be about (show cover)?'. Ask questions that have specific one word answers like 'What is this animal (point to picture)?' during the book.

*         Avoid questions that can be answered by 'yes', 'no', a shrug, or pointing. Your goal is to ask questions that get children to practice their words.

Want to read the full review?  Here it is:

*         What Works for Early Language and Literacy Development: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Intervention Strategies by Alison Chrisler and Thomson Ling



Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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