Think Aloud Strategy - TeacherVisionThink-alouds have been described as "eavesdropping on someone's thinking. Their verbalizations include describing things they're doing as they read to monitor their comprehension. The purpose of the think-aloud strategy is to model for students how skilled readers construct meaning from a text. A teacher think aloud is an effective technique to model how to use comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading. See the lesson plan.
Think Aloud Strategy
The think-aloud strategy asks students to say out loud what they are thinking about when reading, solving math problems, or simply responding to questions posed by teachers or other students. Effective teachers think out loud on a regular basis to model this process for students. In this way, they demonstrate practical ways of approaching difficult problems while bringing to the surface the complex thinking processes that underlie reading comprehension, mathematical problem solving, and other cognitively demanding tasks. Thinking out loud is an excellent way to teach how to estimate the number of people in a crowd, revise a paper for a specific audience, predict the outcome of a scientific experiment, use a key to decipher a map , access prior knowledge before reading a new passage, monitor comprehension while reading a difficult textbook, and so on. Getting students into the habit of thinking out loud enriches classroom discourse and gives teachers an important assessment and diagnostic tool.
By Jeff Wilhelm. Use this collection of guidelines, checklists, and assessment tools from Jeff Wilhelm's book Improving Comprehension With Think-Aloud Strategies to start using think-aloud strategies with your students. There are several strategies, called general reading processes, which researchers have discovered readers use every time they read anything. If your students don't do these things, this is the place to start your think-aloud modeling since these strategies will have the greatest pay-off for them across all reading tasks. Stop, Ask, Fix: Student Checklist for Monitoring PDF Use this handout when students are ready to take over the process of self-monitoring in small groups or individually. Genre Characteristics Chart PDF This chart provides an overview of some genres text-types that are often read by students and the task-specific processes a reader uses to read them. As you introduce a genre, develop such lists of characteristics with your students.