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The Ramped-Up Read Aloud

What to Notice as You Turn the Page

101 picture book experiences, a thousand ways to savor strategically. This is the book that shows how to use ANY book to teach readers and writers!

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506380049
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 304
  • Publication date: July 20, 2018

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What if each page of a picture book was guaranteed to enhance a child’s reading and writing tenfold? Would you ramp up your read alouds? In this remarkable resource, Maria Walther shares two-page read aloud experiences for 101 picture books that tune you into what to notice, say, and wonder in order to bolster students’ literacy exponentially.

The read alouds in this book will help teachers:

  • Foster a strong sense of community
  • Celebrate the written (and illustrated) word
  • Build a foundation for future reading and learning
  • Expand vocabulary (with a focus on Tier 2 words)
  • Support budding writers
  • Spark collaborative conversations
  • Encourage perspective-taking, empathy, and a growth mindset

A first grade teacher for decades, Maria is a master of “strategic savoring.” Her lesson design efficiently sparks instructional conversations around the cover illustration, enriching vocabulary words, literary language, and the ideas and themes vital to young learners.

Maria arranges the rich fiction and nonfiction titles into chapters that mirror the way primary teachers plan curriculum. Need books tailor made for building community? Teaching literary elements? Comprehension strategies? Foundational and language skills? Inspiring writers? It’s all here and at the ready. Coaching tips on expressive oral reading, strategic seating, uncovering language nuances for EL students, effective questioning and more make the art of sharing books and learning with children do-able for everyone.

Teachers, schools, and districts looking to energize your core reading and writing program, search no further: The Ramped-Up Read Aloud delivers a formula for literacy development and joy in equal parts.



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Maria Walther

Maria Walther is a seasoned educator, author, and literacy consultant with over three decades of experience teaching first grade. Her practical, yet engaging approach to classroom instruction has made her a trusted partner for educators seeking effective teaching strategies. With a doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University, Maria is an avid researcher who continues to further her knowledge of literacy instruction. Maria is a strong advocate for reading aloud and has been honored for her dedication to fostering a love of reading in children with the Illinois Reading Educator of the Year and the ICARE for Reading Award. One of Maria's most cherished awards is The Most Influential Educator, given to her by a former student turned colleague. This speaks to the lasting impact she has on those she teaches. As a prolific writer, Maria aims to provide busy teachers with practical resources. Her best-selling books, The Ramped-Up Read Aloud and Shake Up Shared Reading, offer actionable insights into creating engaging reading experiences for kids. Collaborating with Karen Biggs-Tucker, Maria co-authored The Literacy Workshop, which helps educators seamlessly integrate reading and writing instruction. In A Year for the Books, co-written with her daughter Katie, Maria shares routines and mindsets for building student-centered reading communities from kindergarten to eighth grade. Educators can learn more about Maria's consulting work and find helpful resources on her website, mariawalther.com, or connect with her on Instagram and Twitter as @mariapwalther and @ayear4thebooks.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author


Ten Compelling Reasons to Read Aloud

Six Secrets to Successful Read-Aloud Experiences

Four Ways to Network and Find New Books

Four Ways You Might Use This Book

Chapter 1: Create a Joyful Classroom Community

Transforming the Classroom World

Chapter 2: Converse About Literary Elements—Fiction

Reading Really Good Stories

Chapter 3: Converse About Comprehension—Fiction

Imagining Ourselves Into Books

Chapter 4: Converse About Comprehension— Informational and Narrative Nonfiction

Diving Into Informational Texts

Chapter 5: Build Foundational and Language Skills

Working With Words

Chapter 6: Inspire Writers

Sharing the Gift of Writing


Professional Resources Cited

Children’s Literature Cited




Price: $34.95
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