Conducting Dialogic Reading

In addition to the CROWD prompts and PEER sequence, you can think of dialogic reading as having three main components, introducing the book, reading the book, and closing the book.

Introducing the book: The parent or teacher should read the title of the book, name the author, and use questions to build interest (e.g., “What do you think this book is about?”). Watch Video 6.7 to see how a teacher introduces a book to children in her class. Now using Activity 6.6 watch it again and use Handout 6.5 to evaluate the book introduction practices you observe in the video clip.

Reading the book: During dialogic reading, the parent or teacher should encourage participation from the children, moving the discussion along and incorporating CROWD prompts using the PEER sequence throughout.  Watch Video 6.8 to observe a teacher reading a book to the children in her class. Now using Activity 6.6 watch it again and use Handout 6.5 to evaluate the dialogic reading practices you observe in the video clip.

Closing the book:  It is important not to end the story abruptly.  Try to maintain children’s interest by asking questions that help children make connections between the book and their everyday lives. Watch Video 6.9 to observe a teacher closing the book. Now using Activity 6.6 watch it again and use Handout 6.5 to evaluate the book closure practices you observe in the video clip.

Using Activity 6.6, lastly watch Video 6.10 to see an entire storybook reading activity (introducing the book, reading the book, and closing the book) using dialogic reading.

Video 6.7: Introducing the book- Carrot Soup

A teacher introduces a book to a group of young children using dialogic reading practices. (running time: 2 min. 50 sec.)

Video 6.8: Reading the book- Carrot Soup

A teacher reads to a group of young children using dialogic reading practices. (running time: 3 min. 33 sec.)

Video 6.9: Closing the book- Carrot Soup

After finishing a book, a teacher closes the book with some questions for the children to keep them engaged. (running time: 0 min. 55 sec.)

Video 6.10: Dialogic reading with Katy

A teacher reads to a group of children using dialogic reading practices. (running time: 4 min. 14 sec.)